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Old 04-20-2012, 01:44 AM
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Chicken? Or egg?

Out of this afternoon's BBC news, from Sri Lanka: a chicken has been born there straight from the hen - no egg. Or, at least, whatever egg there was remained in the oviduct, apparently.

BBC News - 'Eggless' chick laid by hen in Sri Lanka
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Old 04-20-2012, 05:04 AM
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Can't remember where I read it (a common problem for us old farts), but - someone's 4 year old nephew explained that since dinosaurs came from eggs and dinosaurs were around long before chickens, then clearly the egg came first...
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From an evolutionary point of view, the egg clearly came first. The chicken (or any multicellular organism) was invented to ensure that the sperm and the egg had a good chance of meeting (as opposed to floating around aimlessly in the ocean, like most corals and other benthic invertebrates). Our bodies are just vehicles for transporting and delivering sperm and eggs - the single-celled organisms that fuse to make another delivery vehicle.
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But, tragically, the hen died, so the chick was orphaned at birth. It seems the egg must have impacted in the fallopian tube where it incubated and the chick pecked its Mom to death getting out. Who would want to eat a matricidal chicken?
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Our bodies are just vehicles for transporting and delivering sperm and eggs - the single-celled organisms that fuse to make another delivery vehicle.
Peter, do you have to describe it so erotically?

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Peter, do you have to describe it so erotically?

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I thought that sounded more like a bolt bin at a truck factory.
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Old 04-20-2012, 06:45 PM
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Yes - we scientists have a way of really spicing up the language!
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From an evolutionary point of view, the egg clearly came first. The chicken (or any multicellular organism) was invented to ensure that the sperm and the egg had a good chance of meeting (as opposed to floating around aimlessly in the ocean, like most corals and other benthic invertebrates). Our bodies are just vehicles for transporting and delivering sperm and eggs - the single-celled organisms that fuse to make another delivery vehicle.
Well, that clearly explains a lot of the college years...........
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