Which came first?

Where did domestic chickens come from? A new study reveals the origins of the modern fowl

Some cultures revered them before they became a dietary staple.

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Chickens are present on every continent except Antarctica. However, it’s not entirely clear when, where, or why the familiar fowl was first domesticated.

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Previous research alleged that chickens were first domesticated 8,000 years ago in China, and spread into Northwest Europe by the Iron Age (during the first century BCE).