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Did you know? The Chicken Or The Egg?

Posted by Lisa Allman on 9/30/2019 to Nonsports

Did you know?  The Chicken Or The Egg?

You've heard the common question - which came first - the chicken or the egg?

What a question!  Let's look at an egg.  Eggs are organic vessells that contain an embryo that develops until it can survive on its own.  At that point, an animal hatches.  Eggs are the results of the fertilization of an egg cell.  

Most arthropods, mollusks, and vertebrates (excluding mammals) lay eggs with one exception - scorpions.

Some eggs are laid in water, and others are laid out of water.   The largest recorded egg is that of a whale shark which was 11.8 inches by 5.5 inches x 3.5 inches!  Wow!

Now a chicken is a type of domesticated fowl.  It is one of the most common and widespread domestic animals and is thought to have a population of 19 billion - according to a 2011 survey.

Humans keep chickens primarily as a food source.  Humans consume both the eggs and the meat.  Some people do keep chickens as pets.

Genetic studies have pointed to the origination of the chicken to be somewhere in the Southeastern portions of Asia.

While it would be great to have the answer finally, I'm at a loss.  The egg produces a chicken, but for that to happen, the chicken must fertilize the egg.

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