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DINGO - EVOLUTION

The dingo is a much closer cousin to the original wolf that roamed Eurasia about a million years ago than the modern domestic dog.

The dingo arrived in Australia about 5,000 years ago from the Asian mainland. They were probably brought to Australia on boats by Asian seafarers. Because of this geographical isolation, they evolved separately to other canids in other parts of the world for many thousands of years - until Europeans arrived.

Over time, the dingo inhabited most of Australia except Tasmania. Australian environmental selection pressures naturally modified the dingo to suit the Australian climate.

"The first official report of a dingo in Australia comes from the year 1699 from Captain William Dampier. At the time, dingoes were probably widespread over the main part of the continent and lived in the wild as well as alongside the Aboriginals. They were mostly tolerated by the European settlers and sometimes kept as pets. The number of dingoes was probably low in those times and increased since then in some parts of Australia. Their number probably increased strongly around the 1880s due to the establishment of the pastoral economy and artesian water places and probably had its peak in the 1930s and 1950s. Afterwards the numbers have remained high, but the percentage of dingo-hybrids has significantly increased since then."[Wikipedia]

Early Dingo New South Wales

"The first ever European illustration of a dingo, from Arthur Phillip's Voyage to Botany Bay in 1789. The pictured specimen was a female taken alive by Governor Phillip and given to the Marquess of Salisbury, at Hatfield House." [Wikipedia]