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one of the biggest mysteries solved

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by dalex, 26 May 2006.

  1. dalex

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    Egg Conundrum Is Cracked
    Updated: 19:46, Friday May 26, 2006

    A geneticist, a philosopher and a chicken farmer claim to have finally solved the age-old question: What came first, the chicken or the egg?

    Apparently, it was the egg.

    Put simply, the reason is down to the fact that genetic material does not change during an animal's life.

    Therefore the first bird that evolved into what we would call a chicken, probably in prehistoric times, must have first existed as an embryo inside an egg.

    Professor John Brookfield, a specialist in evolutionary genetics at the University of Nottingham, said the pecking order was clear.
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    The living organism inside the eggshell would have had the same DNA as the chicken it would develop into, he said.

    "Therefore, the first living thing which we could say unequivocally was a member of the species would be this first egg," he added. "So I would conclude that the egg came first."

    Fellow "eggspert" Professor David Papineau, of King's College London, and poultry farmer Charles Bourns agreed with the verdict.

    Mr Papineau, an expert in the philosophy of science, reasoned that the first chicken came from an egg and that proves there were chicken eggs before chickens.

    The debate was organised by Disney to promote the release of the film Chicken Little on DVD.

    trust disney to uncover the truth
    but what laid the egg ?????
    dave
     
  2. Grrrrr

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  3. iCraig

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  4. hola_adios

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    Finally, will be able to sleep with my thoughts put to rest!:p
    Going to open a beer and celebrate.
     
  5. EVH

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    I love it when they make up theories :rolleyes:



































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  6. Carzy

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    Read about this today. What a waste of time.
     
  7. Raikiri

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    Gah, I worked that out when I was 11...go scientist
     
  8. iSam

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    Gosh! This discovery will make the world a better place! :rolleyes:
     
  9. TheMagicPirate

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    I didn't realise this was actually baffling scientists. Like someone has already said I figured this out when I was younger.

    I dont think any animal has EVER evolved during its 'life', always during 'pre-life'.

    Money well spent eh?
     
  10. SiriusB

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    Just like Raikiri I have known the [obvious] answer since I was about 11. Can hardly say it has been "baffling" scientists.

    SiriusB

    Edited for truth :p
     
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  11. Raikiri

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    Raist? how dare you :eek: :p
     
  12. fini

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    As others have said - did the question genuinly confuse anyone? I always thought it was just a cliched saying , not that some people were actually unsure...

    fini
     
  13. SiriusB

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    Oops :D Corrected lol

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  14. Inquisitor

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    Well, firstly, it's not exactly a "big mystery", and secondly, that's obvious! Anyone with a vague understanding of genetic mutation (GCSE level) can work this out!
     
  15. SiriusB

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    People I think perceive it as a conundrum [love that word] in general, but a few minutes applied logic usually sorts it all out. But not everyone is capable of coherent logical thought... :D

    SiriusB
     
  16. red11

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    Damn, I came into this thread thinking someone found out who Keyser Soze really was!! :p
     
  17. monkeypants

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    *Slowly leads SiriusB away*
     
  18. SiriusB

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    Touché :)

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  19. Velocity219e

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    Amen, GCSE biology versus Research grants ...

    I hate the world sometimes