• Question: i really want to know this which came first the chicken or the egg

    Asked by winterbreeze to Morwenna, Jamal, Iain, Heidi, Emma, Carl on 13 Nov 2018.
    • Photo: Heidi Gardner

      Heidi Gardner answered on 13 Nov 2018:


      The egg!
      If you think about it, then to get a chicken there had to be an egg for it to hatch out of. To make that chicken there were probably 2 birds that were quite like chickens, but not exactly chickens, so the egg came first and then the chicken hatched out of it 🙂

    • Photo: Emma McEntee

      Emma McEntee answered on 13 Nov 2018:


      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.
      But what came first, the dinosaur or the egg? 😉

    • Photo: Carl Heron

      Carl Heron answered on 13 Nov 2018:


      If you go back over 10,000 years, you will find the wild ancestors of the domestic chicken, which were probably the red and grey jungle fowl of south-east Asia.

      You could draw a line there and say all ancestors prior to that were not chickens, but everything from that point on was. Whatever attributes qualified this individual to be a chicken, they were set at the moment the egg and sperm met.

      Most, but not all(!), scientists say that the egg came first…..now, what’s for dinner……yummmm it’s a descendant of a red and grey jungle fowl……

    • Photo: Iain Staniland

      Iain Staniland answered on 14 Nov 2018:


      Egg and not just the hard shelled kind
      Birds probably evolved from dinosaurs (similar to velociraptors) these were known to lay eggs so it is clear the egg came first!

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