Who let the dogs in?

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How the dingo came to be in Australia remains unclear, but new research suggests that the Toalean or other hunter-gatherers from South Sulawesi, Indonesia may have been responsible. As dogs accompanied people to all corners of the globe, the relationship between humans and our best friends can be used to understand the movement of people and ideas around Oceania during the Holocene, the time period that began around 11,700 years ago.

Journal/conference: Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports

Organisation/s: The University of New England, Griffith University

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Who let the dogs in? A review of the recent genetic evidence for the introduction of the dingo to Australia and implications for the movement of people

Introduction of the dingo deciphered

The geographic origin and genetic ancestry of the Australian dingo is still unclear. Now, new research published in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports suggests that the Toalean or other hunter-gatherers from South Sulawesi, Indonesia were responsible for introducing the dingo. As dogs accompanied people to all corners of the globe, this relationship can be used as a proxy for understanding the movement of people and ideas around Oceania during the Holocene.

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