Darwin and the Evolution of Chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Cuban Longtails, Aug 1, 2008.

  1. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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  2. Melilem

    Melilem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I heard that too. I suppose if the red and grey jungle fowl are distant cousins, the red jungle fowl couldn't possibly be the mother of all chickens (sorry, couldn't resist). But in Darwin's defence, he didn't have DNA testing available back then, and it was a pretty good guess.
     
  3. spook

    spook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ohhh cant wait to read on this, DH's family will enjoy this site! Thanx [​IMG]
     
  4. Rosalind

    Rosalind Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Has anyone got any good articles on native chickens of South America other than Araucanas? I know there are several landraces of chickens, and they were originally thought by morphology to be descended from Polynesian founders. But then there was an article on the DNA analysis that said the South American chickens were not in fact Polynesian although they were definitely descended from the jungle fowl. The common gene set that all chickens share with the Red and Grey Jungle Fowl is...


    ...wait for it...

    ...The KFC gene. No, I am not kidding.
     
  5. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

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