December 14, 2017

Ancient DNA explains how chickens got to the Americas

On Thanksgiving, as many as 88% of American households put turkey, a bird native to North America that was first domesticated by the Mayans, on their table. But a small fraction of us choose to serve something else — most often, chicken. Although the chicken is incredibly popular in the U.S., with Americans eating close to 100 lbs per person per year, the origins of the bird and its importation to the New World are somewhat murky.  Read more

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