Dingoes aren't merely wild dogs

Dingoes may appear to be ordinary mutts, but they are genetically intermediate between wolves and dogs

Since the disappearance of Tasmanian tigers last century, the animal has been Australia's top predator, venerated in Aboriginal tradition but feared by contemporary ranchers.

Some argue that the slim, tan-colored dogs transported to the continent between 5,000 and 8,500 years ago are simply another type of domestic dog

They discovered that the DNA of the dingo differed structurally from that of the boxer, German shepherd, basenji, Great Dane, and Labrador retriever.

Dingoes, like wolves, have just one copy of a gene that produces pancreatic amylase, an enzyme that assists dogs in surviving on starchy diets, which humans have lived on for the last 10,000 years.

The gene is found in eight copies in German shepherds. The German shepherds' spit was discovered to include three bacteria families that helped them break down starch