• Question: what came first, the chicken or the egg?

    Asked by iamsirius to Alex, Amy, Andy, Georgia, Ollie on 17 Jun 2011.
    • Photo: Amy Reeve

      Amy Reeve answered on 15 Jun 2011:


      I think that birds evolved from dinosaurs. Dinosaurs came first and were egg laying reptiles, therefore eggs have been around for much longer than chickens! 🙂 Awesome question! 🙂

    • Photo: Alex Munro

      Alex Munro answered on 15 Jun 2011:

      The chicken!

      No, the egg!

      No, the chicken…!

    • Photo: Andy MacLeod

      Andy MacLeod answered on 16 Jun 2011:

      The egg. The egg that hatched the first chicken. 😉
      Hi Sirius. Evolution is a gradual process, that comes about through the slow accumulation of mutations. In the past there will have been chicken-like birds that we wouldn’t quite call “chickens”, but at some point, completely at random, one of these birds’ eggs will get a mutation that takes the offspring from “almost chicken”, to “actual chicken”.
      But the egg needs to come first.

    • Photo: Ollie Russell

      Ollie Russell answered on 17 Jun 2011:

      The Chicken.

      I know its controversial but hear me out. Could it be that the mutation happened in the chick, perhaps causing it to grow the red wobbly thing under the chickens mouth, thus turning it into a true chicken? I know there is zero evidence for this but it could be possible 🙂