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The Australian Dingo is a domestic dog which has adapted to life as a wild dog. Its original ancestors are thought to have arrived with humans from southeast Asia thousands of years ago, when dogs were still relatively undomesticated and closer to their wild Asian Gray Wolf parent species, Canis lupus. Since that time, life largely apart from people and other dogs, together with the demands of Australian ecology, has caused them to develop features and instincts that distinguish them from all other dogs, and to maintain ancient characteristics that unite them, along with other primitive dogs, into a taxon named after them Canis lupus dingo and separate them from the familiar, common dog, Canis lupus familiaris.