Ancient DNA Unravels Dingo's Genetic History in Australia

Ancient DNA Unravels Dingo's Genetic History in Australia

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Genetic Insights and Divergence

Recent research, analyzing ancient DNA from dingoes up to 2,746 years old, reveals little genetic mixing with modern domestic dogs, indicating a distinct lineage for 's dingoes.

The study confirms the presence of two genetically distinct dingo populations, split between eastern and western Australia, predating the European colonization and the establishment of the dingo fence.

Conservation and Policy Implications

These findings challenge the notion that dingoes are heavily mixed with domestic dogs, potentially influencing conservation efforts and policy decisions regarding dingo culling.

Researchers emphasize the importance of protecting dingo populations, especially in national parks and the unique K’gari population, from lethal culling to preserve their genetic and ecological roles.
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