Eyes of the dingo provide insight into how dogs became our companions

Photo of a dingo.

Why do dogs, unlike wolves, make eye contact with people? New Yale University research suggests that the unique history of the Australian dingo can help fill out the evolutionary history of the deep and enduring connection between humans and dogs.

Domesticated dogs look at their owners to convey and request a host of information — for instance, for help in solving a difficult problem. Wild wolves do not. Dingoes appear to represent an intermediate point in the domestication of wolves.