The Egg or Chicken?
what came first....the egg or the chicken?
TB was the first to send us this reponse:
The egg came first. Many species owe their existence
to other species through mutation or cross breeding or both. Once a
species stabilizes and establishes itself, it thrives. The chicken
is the only species that is totally dependent on man due to man's
selective breeding to produce certain features such as heavier
breasts and thighs. Ideal for us but not for the chicken.
Michelle realized this:
Egg came first. While there were dinosaurs, they had
eggs. That was before chickens existed.
mr_smiley thought this sounded good:
it can be both
there is no answer to that question
i wondert the same thing for weeks butt no answers found
Steak & Cheez helped out with this:
its a matter of whether u
believe in evolution or creation. if u believe in creation, then the
chicken came first, but if u believe in evolution, then the egg came
first. i believe im hungry, so im goin to get an omelet.
David K added his thoughts:
Well, first of all, I am assuming the
question is "which came first, the chicken or the CHICKEN egg",
because I am sure an egg of a different species predated the first
Now, if you believe the "literal" biblical story of creation, you'd
probably have to say the chicken came first, since there was no
mention of all the creatures being created from eggs. But if you
believe in evolution, then at some point, there was hatched the
first creature that would be labelled a "chicken" (whatever the
latin name for that species is). If it was a decendant of a
non-chicken (which it HAD to be if it was the FIRST chicken), then
what would you have called that egg before it hatched? You wouldn't
have called it a CHICKEN EGG, because you wouldn't have known that a
"chicken" was going to come out of it. SO, only AFTER the chicken
was hatched could you have referred to the egg as a "chicken egg",
and therefore the chicken came first.
C.H.U.D. as always shared with us:
In response to the classic question;
which came first, the chicken or the egg... According to the
currently accepted scientific theories, all species evolved from a
common ancestor(s). As generations came and went, miniscule changes
in genetic makeup eventually resulted in the proliferation of a
variety of different forms of life. Major differences aren't seen
between a species and its immediate evolutionary ancestor. The first
chicken would have been born from a similar species - one that lays
eggs. Therefore, the egg came first.
patience mubbled this:
its a stupid answer, and a smart alec one, but you did ask...
this depends on ones definition of chickens and eggs:
- if an egg is something that is laid by a chicken, then the chicken
must come first in order for the egg to be
- if a chicken is something that comes from an egg, then the egg
must come first in order for the chicken to be.
unfortunately these definitions are not mutually exclusive, as we
know them both to be true at this point in time. one can only
imagine that this was not always the case. now, where did I put that
Sarah simply stated:
the chicken is just the eggs way o creating more
C++gUrU responded with this:
The chicken. If you believe the
creationist theory, then God put the chicken on the earth, already
full-grown. If you believe the evolutionary theory, then the chicken
was the offspring of a non-egg-bearing organism, but the chicken
produced eggs because of a genetic alteration.
ElbaliavanU pondered this:
The most logical answer to the question, "which came
first, the chicken or the egg?" is the chicken. You say, "but
wouldn't the chicken have to come from an egg?" How could it be
possible if there was no chicken before it to sit on the egg and
keep it warm so that it could hatch? Another good answer for the
chicken being first is Creation. When God created the animals, the
Bible says the animals, not all the animals and a chicken egg. :)
Adam believes this:
Well thats quite easy, the egg.
Darwins theory of evolution postulated that organisms would evolve
over time. This means that the organism that we know as 'the
chicken' did not always have the same cellular makeup. As a result
of evolution 'the chicken' evolved into its current form through
slow steps of evolution. This means that the offspring or egg of the
'pre-chicken' changed over time into 'the chicken.' As a result the
egg came first.
the chicken obviously came first.it
couldnt be the egg because it would never have survived by its self.
chicks need need warmth and protection in order to survive factors
such as predators and harsh environments also the nutrients in the
egg that the chick feeds off come from the chicken so the chicken
had have come first.
Krusher pointed out this fact:
The chicken. God doesn't sit on eggs.
SDJX16 shared his views on the situation:
The answer is the egg.
Lets go back a whole lot of millions of years. Remember Darwin's
Theory? Well, there was some animals that kinda looked like chickens
but wern not chickens is my guess. Slowly, over millions and
billions of years, they evolved into the chickens we love to roast
and stick our hands up today. The first ever proper chicken would of
been from the egg of another chicken-like animal.
rotwang agreed with SDJX16:
The answer - seriously - is the egg.
In species change, some mutation in the parent creates a descendent
with a different genetic code - hence the egg is the first in the
Now you wonder why you wanted to know.
Doctor smartly summed it up with this:
I had egg for breakfast and chicken for dinner. I
guess egg came first.
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