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Dingoes originated in China 18,000 years ago
Australian Geographic ^ | 13 Sept 2011 | Natalie Muller

Posted on 09/13/2011 6:47:28 PM PDT by Palter

The dingo came to Australia via southern China, and much earlier than previously thought, says new research.

THE DINGO (Canis lupus dingo) first appeared in Australia's archaeological records in 3500-year-old rock paintings in the Pilbara region of WA, but the new evidence suggests they were roaming Australia long before that.

DNA samples from domestic Asian dog species and the Australian dingo have shed light on how the iconic canine arrived on Australian soil.

According to a study by an international research team, genetic data shows the dingo may have originated in southern China, travelling through mainland southeast Asia and Indonesia to reach its destination anywhere between 4600 and 18,300 years ago.

Dingo theory debunked

Published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the study also debunks the previously held belief dingoes travelled to Australia via Taiwan and the Philippines, making several sea crossings.

"Clearly, the land route is much more feasible for dogs than the sea route," says Dr Alan Wilton, a geneticist from the University of NSW, Sydney, and one of the researchers involved in the study.

The research also suggests the New Guinea singing dog, a smaller version of the dingo, travelled along the same land route to arrive in New Guinea.

The geneticists took mitochondrial DNA samples from more than 900 domestic dogs across Asia  - south China, southeast Asia, Indonesia, New Guinea, the Philippines and Taiwan - as well as pre-European samples from Polynesia and the Australian dingo, to make genetic comparisons.

The results show domestic dogs came from southern China over 10,000 years ago. The most likely story, say the researchers, is that dingoes and New Guinea singing dogs then dispersed to their destinations via a separate route to the dogs that arrived with Polynesia's first people 3000 years ago. They also made the journey much earlier.

Dingo enigma solved

"This is huge for the dingo. This study really confirms an enigma which has been with us with dingos all the time: where did the animal come from, or more specifically, how did it get here?" says Lyn Watson, co-founder of the Dingo Discovery Sanctuary and Research Centre near Melbourne. "We never really bought the story that it came by boat."

Dr Bret Heath, a biologist from Central Queensland University, says while the study doesn't fill all the gaps in our knowledge about how the dingo made it to Australia, the DNA evidence is compelling: "Mitochondrial DNA is most useful in studies of closely related organisms in low abundance, possibly adapting rapidly to new or different habitats - and hence displaying a rapid mutation rate."

Dingo arrival sheds light on human evolution

Perhaps the most important element of the study, says Bret, is the light that it sheds on the human origins of the Polynesian culture.

Despite a sparse archaeological record for dog species in southeast Asia and Polynesia, there is a direct link between the spread of the Neolithic culture, Austronesian languages and the arrival of dogs in the region. But the researchers claim the dingo arrived in Australia before the Neolithic period, possibly during early trade between pre-Neolithic groups.

"The dispersal of dogs is also linked to the human history of the region," they write, which may add to our knowledge about "the geographical origins of the Polynesian population and its Neolithic culture, and the extent of contact between the pre-Neolithic cultures of Australia with the surrounding world."

They admit there is more work to be done to find out how the dingo was introduced to Australia, and whether it arrived as a domestic or wild dog.


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: agriculture; animalhusbandry; australia; china; dingo; dog; dogs; godsgravesglyphs; helixmakemineadouble; polynesia; precolumbian

1 posted on 09/13/2011 6:47:33 PM PDT by Palter
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To: SunkenCiv

Ate my baby, ping.


2 posted on 09/13/2011 6:48:09 PM PDT by Palter (Even liberals need jobs.)
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To: FrogHawk

Pingaroo.


3 posted on 09/13/2011 7:04:30 PM PDT by toomanygrasshoppers ("In technical terminology, he's a loon")
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To: FrogHawk

Pingaroo.


4 posted on 09/13/2011 7:04:41 PM PDT by toomanygrasshoppers ("In technical terminology, he's a loon")
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To: Palter
Well just darned.

So, dingos didn't get to Australia by boat. instead they walked.

Sure. Right. Dogs walk on water.

There's this water gap between Australia and Sundaland ~ end of story.

I think I'll call my next dog "Jesus" ~ fur shur.

5 posted on 09/13/2011 7:06:39 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Palter

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghCTZF61ey0

Seinfeld


6 posted on 09/13/2011 7:06:52 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: Palter

I was hoping for verification...Thank God, it’s over.


7 posted on 09/13/2011 7:07:14 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Palter

D. I. NGO. A dingo ate my baby-o.


8 posted on 09/13/2011 7:08:22 PM PDT by Vide
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To: muawiyah
Sure, Obama dogs can walk on water. Otherwise.


9 posted on 09/13/2011 7:19:07 PM PDT by Palter (Even liberals need jobs.)
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To: Sacajaweau

I’ve always wondered about this! I’d be curious to know how their arrival affected the resident Thylacine population.


10 posted on 09/13/2011 7:47:48 PM PDT by Catonian1984
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To: Palter; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; 31R1O; ..

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks Palter. I kennel find a good reason to not ping this.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


11 posted on 09/14/2011 3:22:30 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv; Joe 6-pack

Prehistoric Doggie Ping


12 posted on 09/14/2011 3:30:12 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Palter

That was just revenge for the Chinese eating them.


13 posted on 09/14/2011 3:45:14 AM PDT by Salamander (Alice Cooper hit me with a stick.)
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To: SunkenCiv

What haven’t the Chinese invented or is Ms. Muller paid by the Red Chinese to plant these stories?


14 posted on 09/14/2011 4:39:46 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Palter

The dingo MAY have originated in southern China...” and MIGHT have gotten to Australia between 4,600 and 18,300 years ago...

The precision is staggering.

I saw some old toothless woman in a in a tent with a crystal ball who could do almost as good.

This amounts to throwing a bunch of crap upwards towards the ceiling and hoping that it sticks.


15 posted on 09/14/2011 5:05:49 AM PDT by djf (One of the few FReepers who NEVER clicked the "dead weasel" thread!! But may not last much longer...)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; Shannon; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; ...
WOOOF!

The Doggie Ping list is for FReepers who would like to be notified of threads relating to all things canid. If you would like to join the Doggie Ping Pack (or be unleashed from it), FReemail me.

16 posted on 09/14/2011 5:52:52 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Palter

17 posted on 09/14/2011 8:45:53 AM PDT by lonevoice (schizophrenic hostage taking hobbit terrorist)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

ping


18 posted on 09/14/2011 8:54:04 AM PDT by null and void (Day 967 of America's holiday from reality...)
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To: Palter

Sundaland

Where Was Atlantis? Sundaland Fits The Bill, Surely!

19 posted on 09/14/2011 1:09:04 PM PDT by blam
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To: Palter
Dixie Dingo

Genetic (mitochondrial DNA) testing being performed at the University of South Carolina, College of Science and Mathematics, indicates that these dogs, related to the earliest domesticated dogs, are the remnant descendants of the feral pariah canids who came across the Bering land mass 8,000 to 11,000 years ago as hunting companions to the ancestors of the Native Americans.


20 posted on 09/14/2011 1:19:39 PM PDT by blam
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To: afraidfortherepublic

It’s the leash of our worries.


21 posted on 09/14/2011 2:34:22 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: blam

Sundaland surely was sundered suddenly.


22 posted on 09/14/2011 7:32:39 PM PDT by Redcitizen (Transmute lead into gold-- buy ammunition.)
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To: Palter

Clearly, the land route is much more feasible for dogs than the sea route,” says Dr Alan Wilton....

Guess the dingoes weren’t sea dogs.


23 posted on 09/14/2011 7:35:52 PM PDT by Redcitizen (Transmute lead into gold-- buy ammunition.)
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