The main reason for identifying kittens at an early age is to be able to weigh them and track their weights regularly. Monitoring weight change is an way of troubleshooting the health and progress of the new babies.
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Jean Mill of California is given credit for the modern Bengal breed. She had a degree in psychology and took graduate classes in genetics at the University of California, Davis. She made the first known deliberate cross of an Asian Leopard Cat with a domestic cat (a black California tomcat).