Sunday, May 28, 2006

Which Came First, The Chicken or The Egg?

  • Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?

  • A: To get to the other side.

  • Q: Why did the blonde cross the road?

  • A: Because the chicken told her to!

IT'S a question that has baffled scientists, academics and pub bores through the ages. What came first, the chicken or the egg?

Now a team made up of a geneticist, philosopher and chicken farmer claim to have found an answer.

It was the egg.

Put simply, the reason is down to the fact that genetic material does not change during an animal's life.

Therefore the first bird that evolved into what we would call a chicken, probably in prehistoric times, must have first existed as an embryo inside an egg.

Professor John Brookfield, a specialist in evolutionary genetics at the University of Nottingham, said the pecking order was clear.

The living organism inside the eggshell would have had the same DNA as the chicken it would develop into, he said.

"Therefore, the first living thing which we could say unequivocally was a member of the species would be this first egg," he added. "So, I would conclude that the egg came first."

The other two members of the three-man panel of experts, Professor David Papineau, of King's College London, and poultry farmer Charles Bourns, also concluded the egg came first.

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[tags]chicken, egg, which, came, first, mystery, solved [/tags]


  1. Bullshit!
    If you go far back the evolutionary history, you will see the chicken and (birds) evolving from reptiles, (which procreate through eggs too), so the question becomes, What came first, the Dinosaur or the Egg!? going enough time before that all the way to the very first single cell organisms... and guess what, they were splitting therefore... duplicating themselves, they didn't need to go the "Egg" Stage in other words. A chicken came from a chicken (mind you fully grown and ready to make more chicken)
    QED: Scientifically, logically

    God created Adam and Eve, God created all the Animals, therefore, at the time of creation, they were at their prime. In other words. Adults.
    QED: Religiously

  2. Mmm,
    It's the egg coz I eat egg for breakfast before eating chickens during lunch
    So eggs first

  3. Which Came First, The Chicken or The Egg?...

    [...]Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?
    A: To get to the other side.
    Q: Why did the blonde cross the road?

  4. I think the chicken came first coz if the egg came first, meen kan ga3ed (raqed) 3alaiha ?

  5. I'm smarter than youMay 31, 2006 at 8:11 AM

    The quote never states whether or not it was a chicken or not. So technically speaking the only possible answer would be that the egg came first due to the fact that dinosaurs layed eggs millions of years before the chicken even existed...bitches...

  6. By the way Adam and Eve is more like a fable. It's just a story. Not that I'm saying God doesn't exist because I know he does. All creatures evolved from one-celled creatures. And humans are an animal species. I believe the chicken came first.

  7. The answer is really quite simple.
    By any definition, an egg is merely a by-product of an animal. For a chicken egg to exist, it requires an adult hen and an adult rooster to fertilize the egg. Otherwise it would just be a scrambled egg! Remember roosters?
    An egg requires a hen to incubate the egg and keep it warm before it can hatch. Remember incubation?
    The young chick requires a chicken to keep it warm, to gather food, and to protect it from predators. Otherwise it would simply die if left on its own.
    But even if an egg could produce itself, then what? How could other chickens have come about from one egg? An egg cannot give birth to a chicken, whereas a chicken can lay hundreds of eggs in her life.
    In the same way, a baby human cannot give birth to its mother. It requires an adult female and an adult male to fertilize her eggs.
    Furthermore, a baby human and a chicken egg are each produced in the womb of their mother. Neither a baby nor an egg can be produced outside of their mother’s womb.
    Since an egg is only a by-product of a chicken, it is impossible for it to have come before the chicken. Therefore, BOTH the chicken and the rooster came first.

  8. But if you are a pro-lifer, the fertilized egg IS a chicken and an unfertilized egg is only half there (missing the male's DNA).

    So the question really becomes a matter of philosophy - is a fertilized egg a chicken?

  9. The Chicken can first! As stated in the bible God created all the animals. He/She did not create eggs.

    If you discount creationizim and prefer evolution the, the chicken cam first again. Evolution is spective mutation. With each generation a mutation takes place. If the mutation is good it continues other wise if does not. The egg is the location where the mutation took place. The egg would have been created and fertilized by the predasesor of the chicken, hence the pre-chicken egg. One the new creature emerged from the egg it is still not a chicken but a mutation of its parents. Therefore generic chick must exist before a chicken egg can be laid.

    Once the two mutated chicken mate the chicken will emerge from the egg laid by the predacesor.

    This however brings to point an age old question. At what point is the chicken inside the egg considered to be alive. Before it hatches or after it hatches.

    Think about it.