What came first?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by monke, Nov 5, 2006.

  1. monke macrumors 65816


    May 30, 2005
    Searched and couldn't find it anywhere to my surprise.

    What do you think came first, the chicken or the egg? :D

    Personally the chicken came first. Since when has anyone asked you the question 'What came first, the egg or the chicken?' :)
  2. Jasonbot macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2006
    The Rainbow Nation RSA
    What if they both appeared at the same time?

    And to add a spin to the arguement:

    Evolution ahs come a long way and chickens probably formed from some sea living organism so the real question we should be asking is, What came first the FISH or the egg???
  3. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

    May 2, 2005
    The egg of the chicken was laid by something close to a chicken, but not yet a chicken.

    Mmm, evolutionary scrambled eggs. Yum!

    wildcowboy said it much smarter. listen to him. :)
  4. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Eggs were around long before chickens.

    Or do you specifically mean a chicken egg?

    At what exact moment in time did the species we call "chicken" come into existence? Presumably there was an egg-laying "pre-chicken" that through many, many generations eventually produced something that would be considered a modern chicken.

    While we can't pinpoint the exact moment that the chicken species came into existence (it's an arbitrary distinction anyway), presumably the "pre-chicken" begat the first "chicken" at the moment of speciation, meaning that the genetic material that became the first chicken was in fact first present in an egg laid by the "pre-chicken." So the egg came first.
  5. monke thread starter macrumors 65816


    May 30, 2005
    A chicken egg.

    I've always sided with the 'egg' but this time I added the question in just to stir up the pot a little. :)
  6. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    But was that a chicken egg, or a protochicken egg with a mutant inside? And if people were around making up names for animals back then, would the protochicken and chicken have been different enough to be tagged as different critters? And if Sally has six pears and gives three to Billy, does Billy need to claim them on his tax return?
  7. beatsme macrumors 65816


    Oct 6, 2005
    an egg and a chicken are lying in bed together
    the chicken lights up a cigarette and says "well, I guess that settles that." :D
  8. runplaysleeprun macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2004
    Chicago, IL
  9. SkyBell macrumors 604


    Sep 7, 2006
    Texas, unfortunately.
    The question: What came first, the living organism or the egg. :D
  10. KingYaba macrumors 68040


    Aug 7, 2005
    Up the irons
    Living organism.
  11. Jasonbot macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2006
    The Rainbow Nation RSA
    Does it actually matter? How will knowing which appeared 1st help us in todays modern life? It's almost the same as asking how many marbele one can fit in their mouth at the same time! This debate seems pointless, what if both just appeared at the same time? There are no definite facts to show us what happened, all we can do is burn up chicken/egg fossils in our cars maybe if we found THE first ever chicken/egg then we could get it, unfortunately this pointless debate is always going to be won by the one who speaks better!

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