After decades of anxiety, we finally have evidence that wild dogs in the highlands of New Guinea have not been extirpated in their natural habitat . The researchers have also confirmed the existence of many healthy dogs and are now hiding in one of the most remote and remote areas on Earth.
According to DNA analysis, the breed is one of the oldest and most primitive breeds ever lived, and recently published photos show the remote central New Guinea mountain slopes. There are at least 15 wild dogs (including males, females and youngsters) living away from humans.
“The discovery and confirmation of the existence of the plateau for the first half of the century has not only made us excited, but also a wonderful opportunity for science,” said the team. Rescue is behind this discovery, the New Guinea Highlands Dogs Association NGHWDF said.
“We were able to identify their location, observe and record the material, collect valuable biological samples, and by testing the DNA we identified that at least some individuals This wild dog is alive, and is living in the highlands of New Guinea. “
In the past, only dogs were photographed twice. Once in 2005 and once in 2012, both shoots were potential, but not every time scientists can confirm that it is a plateau. More than half a decade ago, no trace of them appeared and scientists feared that the breed was extinct. Maybe, they just hide too good.
Last year, the research team at NGHDDF went to Papua province in western New Guinea. Led by zoologist James K McIntyre, the team has teamed up with local scientists at Papua University to identify dogs that have been avoiding humans for more than 50 years.
In September 2016, researchers found a dog footprint – a sign that they were on the right track. The trail, along with other evidence, has shown that a certain breed of dog has retreated into the jungle of the New Guinea highlands, 3,460 to 4,400 meters above sea level.
A camera system was immediately installed at the site, a “prey” area was prepared. And in just two days, the camera captured 140 images of the Pacific Wildlife, where Puncak Jaya – the highest peak of Mount Carstensz and also the highest peak in the world.
The team was also able to observe and record the first official image of the breed, and DNA analyzes through the specimens they left showed that the Plateau Sanctuary was a relative of the dingos. Australia and New Guinea – a descendant of the New Guinea.
Unfortunately, we still do not have enough evidence to show how exactly these dogs are related, but with further analysis, we hope to get more specific information. These are the best clues we have to understand how dogs have evolved since ancient times.
As NGHWFD explains:
“Fossil specimens indicate that the dog had settled on the island some 6,000 years ago, and was once believed to have come here with humans, but new evidence shows that the dog finds itself on the island. Road to the island, not related to people.
They added that although the highland dog’s relationship to the other two dog breeds remains a subject of much controversy as well as ongoing scrutiny, importance (in both science and history) It is still very valuable: we will understand the evolution of dogs, the intimate relationship between us and them, and then understand more about the evolution of our own.
In these images, the Highlanders still carry the usual beauty of the dogs we see: most of them have yellow feathers, next to black ones or cream feathers; Their tail is upside-down like today’s Shiba Inu; Every child (observed to date) has a triangular triangular ear, upright on the head.
Although there is no real evidence yet, the researchers claim that the Wild Dogs also have a distinctive barking sound similar to their New Guinea descendants, which has given them the nickname “dog singing”. – singing dog “.
There are currently about 300 live New Guinea live dogs in the world, living in zoos, private conservation facilities and dogs in addition to their distinctive accents, They often mix together to create a song that can last up to several minutes. Scientists will continue to study the breed and will soon be releasing more scientific reports in the coming months.
Still good news, scientists are also optimistic about the future of these dogs as well as their chances of survival. Local mining companies have been tasked with implementing special environmental controls, in remote areas as well as in the ecosystems surrounding their facilities.
Welcome to the light of science and discovery, New Guinea Plateau Sanctuary !