Domestic Chickens’ Origin Story May Have Begun About 3,500 Years Ago

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Why did the chicken cross the continent? The earliest domesticated chicken bones dug up in Southeast Asia were quite peculiar. Compared to the later chicken bones found in Rome, earlier Southeast Asian chicken skeletons had no signs of injury from butchering. Additionally, these whole skeletons were found buried alone or in human graves. Many early chicken skeletons were like this, suggesting that people domesticated and brought chickens with them, not for food, but because they viewed them as sacred (or at least culturally significant). Read full article here.

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