With the Easter holidays getting over and family gatherings inevitable, we thought we would give you a topic to chat about over colorful Easter eggs and a delicious meal!
The question, “which came first: the chicken or the egg?” has been one of humanity’s biggest questions for, well.. forever, it seems! The answer is quite simple, however, and stems from a basic knowledge of genetics and evolution.
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The egg came first. This is why:
Which means there was not a hen who gave birth to an hen’s egg. Is it confusing? Read further to open up your mind and find your answer
The modern creatures we see today are extremely different from their ancient ancestors. Life on earth presumably began as chemicals and an organismal soup, after all–quite a bit different than today’s big elephants and cheetahs which we see.
These organisms became dinosaurs, and then birds, eventually including the modern chicken, and so on.
So, that’s evolution, but what does it mean for the chicken and the egg question?
Well, the very first chicken was different enough from its parents that its parents were not considered to be chickens. Let’s just call the parents birds.
When the female bird and the male bird bred, they created a whole new mix of DNA–chicken DNA! This chicken DNA was deposited into a lovely egg, which, of course, had to come first, before the very first true, modern-day chicken could hatch from it.
So in a nutshell (or an eggshell, if you like), two birds that weren’t really chickens created a chicken egg, and hence, we have an answer: The egg came first, and then it hatched a chicken.
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Therefore, the egg came before the chicken!
The first chicken did so well in the world that it had the opportunity to reproduce. Its descendants did so well that they all had the chance to reproduce, as well. This, and the fact that humans domesticated and selectively bred chickens to have certain traits (to create different breeds) is why the creature we know as the chicken exists today!
So, there you have it! Be sure to share your newly-found Easter egg vs. chicken knowledge with your family and friends!!