World's Most Ancient Dog Discovered After Thought To Be Extinct

This fascinating dog is believed to be the most ancient in the world, so rare that scientists thought the New Guinea Highland Wild Dog was extinct. 

There had been no confirmed sightings in over half a century, and only two photographs that many thought were Village Dogs or Singing Dogs (another ancient breed.) 

 

Some other ancient breeds that are closely related to the NGHWD are the Dingo, among others, and domestic breeds include the Shiba Inu, Jindo, and Basenji.

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In September of 2016, a team of scientists from the University of Papua were able to locate and document proof of a healthy group of the NGHWD.  They then put out trail cameras and captured over 100 photos of males, females and pups, about 15 or so, living in isolated mountain locations.

This is an extremely exciting discovery, as the New Guinea Highland Wild Dog, otherwise knows as the Anging Penyani, in the Bahasa Indonesian language, is the best living canid that predates human agriculture.  Before this, we only had fossil records.

 

Until this discovery, the New Guinea Singing Dog was considered to be the most ancient of LIVING dog breeds.

 

This is Rosie, my very own 'ancient breed' Shiba Inu, performing her daily howl greeting!

 
 
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