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It’s official: The Dingo, a dog relative found Australia, is a species all its own!  Previously classified as a subspecies of grey wolf, this wild canid now has its very own species binomial of Canis Dingo. Dr. Mathew Crowther and his researchers had to use historic specimens, pre-dating 1900, to minimize the likelihood of interbreeding with domestic canines. Using 69 skulls and 6 pelt samples from museums and data from contemporary Dingos, Dr. Crowther et al were able to demonstrate significantly unique “behavioral, morphological and molecular characteristics”  for the Dingo to represent a “distinct taxon” within the Canidae family.

(photo credit: PartnerHund.com)

(photo credit: PartnerHund.com)

Read more about the distinctive Dingo’s profile and history at Sci-News.

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Kristen E. Strubberg is the Editor-in-Chief for TGNR. Kristen founded TGNR in 2013 - seeking to create a high quality platform for original, eclectic and substantive positive news journalism by attracting expert contributors in many varying subjects. Kristen also works as a clinical medical researcher in Cardiology, with an original background in Neuroscience. Her passion for science has translated to her science-fiction specialization, with her highly adept published insights into the best of sci-fi’s popular culture. Kristen has served as TGNR’s Editor-in-Chief since 2013.

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