Which came first, the chicken or the egg? The chicken, no, the egg, no, the chicken, no, the egg. We’ve all been through the logic; most of us end up at the same place.
The question of whether the egg or the chicken came first has confounded many of us.
Finally answered! “The Egg — laid by a bird that was not a Chicken.”
The granddaddy of causality dilemmas has a solution, and we have the simple science to explain it.
Basically, many, many moons ago there was a chicken-like bird. It was genetically close to a chicken but wasn’t a full-blown chicken yet. It is called a proto-chicken. So proto-hen laid an egg, and proto-rooster fertilized it. But when the genes from ma and pa almost-chicken fused, they combined in a new way, creating a mutation that accidentally made the baby different from its parents. Although it would take many years for the difference to be noticed, that egg was different enough to become a new species, now known as… the chicken! So in a nutshell (or an eggshell, if you like), two birds that weren’t really chickens created a chicken egg, and hence, we have an answer: The egg came first, and then it hatched a chicken.
Maybe the question we should be asking is: Which came first, the proto-chicken or the proto-chicken egg?