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#111206 - 12/27/13 05:28 PM Re: Your thoughts- Please! [Re: cyberd1]
Theropod Offline
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Registered: 12/23/13
Posts: 189
Loc: Missouri, USA
Most plausible to me is chickens were first optimistically taken as food but that became more reliable especially as some red jungle fowl populations adapted to living in close proximity to early agriculture efforts. The use in fighting likely covered shortly thereafter and was partially enabled by prior changes in behaviour enabling greater ease in handling. Outright wild birds were likely too flighty to handled and would have been difficult to keep confined for any length of time.

A key consideration is that interspecies hybridization involving grey jungle fowl also occured early in the domestication process.

#111213 - 12/28/13 08:10 AM Re: Your thoughts- Please! [Re: Theropod]
Bushman Offline
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Registered: 07/25/07
Posts: 1047
Loc: Wisconsin
I firmly believe there were 7 domesticated chickens that came off the ark with Noah. There very well could have been hybridization with jungle fowl either before or after the flood.
Certainly many of the mutations occurred subsequent to the flood.
Examples might be feathered shanks, crests, blue eggs, silkie feathering, e-locus changes, etc.
But mutations do have limits due to viability. We started with chickens and end with chickens (and hybrids).

Edited by Bushman (12/28/13 04:29 PM)
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