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It's underwater now, but there used to be a land-bridge between mainland Australia and Papua New Guinea. A new DNA study shows dingoes migrated across this bridge between 8,000 and 10,000 years ago in two waves.

And genetically, the two groups are quite different - so we now know how to manage them separately, for conservation purposes. But how did we get to the point where dingoes need protecting?

A proposal by University of NSW scientist Bill Ballard to study the DNA of a two year old Australian dingo - called Sandy Maliki - has been announced as one of five finalists in the World’s Most Interesting Genome competition.

What makes it "most interesting" is that it may uncover what helps a wild animal become domesticated.