Media ReleaseFrom: Elsevier
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.