What came first, the chicken or the egg?

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Jugglebug8 years ago
The answer: The egg. The explanation: The first "true" chicken was created through evolution when an egg combining genes from a male and a female was very slightly different from the others, and this "true" chicken went on to reproduce more "true" chickens. The details are not clear, but this probably occurred through selective breeding when humans began to select only those chickens that laid the most eggs to be allowed to reproduce and pass on their genes. The first chicken came from a slightly different egg laid during a selective breeding process. When the chicken hatched from its egg, it laid more eggs than any of the others that they'd bred, and so they were satisfied enough to stop selective breeding and allow all chickens from the eggs of the "first chicken" to reproduce.
I think its done with mirrors.
That is a brilliant answer to an old conundrum. The problem with it is the mid-north-american tendency to imagine that God's plan was to create a perfect nation. It should be obvious to everyone that His plan, however, is to drive us all crazy!
myrrhmaid8 years ago
Neither. The rooster came first! :)P
The amoeba.
Yrewol8 years ago
Evolution but if won't except that as the answer how bout a fertile chicken
Duh, it's the T-rex because all chickens (and eggs) are evolutionary branches of the T-rex.
An egg or ovum is one of the basic units of sexual reproduction. Eggs have been produced by plants and animals for millions of years. On the other hand chickens are a specific species of animal domesticated about 15 thousand years ago.
BeanGolem8 years ago
I agree, you certainly must define what a "chicken egg" is. Is it an egg from an actual chicken, or is at an egg that produces an actual chicken.

Maybe the first actual chicken was not hatched from a hard-shelled egg like we think, but more like a soft birth-sac thing.
canida8 years ago
You'll have to clarify the question. Do you mean "the chicken, or the chicken egg?" or "the chicken, or an egg capable of hatching such a chicken?"

Evolutionarily speaking, you can't have chicken eggs without chickens to lay them - thus the first true chicken egg must have come after the first true chicken. Of course, the first true chicken would have hatched from an "almost chicken" egg. While it's not a true chicken egg, not having come from a true chicken, it's an egg that was clearly capable of producing a chicken.

Watch these semantic details! They'll trip you up every time.