Did our title get your attention? The question, of course, is: Which came first, the Chicken or the egg? We didn’t realize it before, but the question has already been answered at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else.
It was posted back in 2012, but we didn’t see it then. Fortunately, it was just re-posted. As you might expect, their title is Which Came First — The Chicken or the Egg?
It was written by Heather Brinson Bruce, a name we haven’t encountered before. AIG doesn’t have a bio page for her, but at the end of her article it says that she “earned dual degrees in English and chemistry from Clemson University. She writes and edits for Answers magazine.” Here are some excerpts from Heather’s post, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Few questions have plagued mankind like the chicken-or-the-egg conundrum. [She’s right!] Even Aristotle, the philosopher credited as the first to study formal logic, wondered which came first. Chickens come from eggs, and eggs come from chickens — how can one come before the other? What came first, the chicken or the egg?
Indeed, this is one of the greatest questions in the universe! Heather says:
As with other questions, worldview dictates your answer. Evolutionists [The fools!] assert that birds evolved from reptiles over millions of years, so the reptiles eventually laid the egg that hatched as a chicken. The egg came first.
That’s rather crudely stated. In reality, some bird that was almost but not quite a chicken produced an egg containing a true chicken embryo. But Heather writes for ol’ Hambo, so she tells us The Truth™:
What do creationists believe? On Day Five of Creation Week, God created “every winged bird according to its kind” (Genesis 1:21). God created mature birds with the ability to reproduce. So the bird was first, ready to lay eggs.
Ah yes, that’s how it happened! She continues:
While we know that birds came first, that fails to address the specific question about domesticated chickens. Is it possible to determine the chicken’s ancestor that was created on Day Five? Classification research is a very young field, but chickens happen to be one of the creatures that creationists have investigated to identify the original parent kinds.
We’re confused. Is Heather saying that today’s chicken evolved from something created on the fifth day? Apparently, that’s the view of creation scientists. Let’s read on:
What they found is interesting. Analyzing all the relevant biblical words for chickens and birds, then studying which modern birds can mix (hybridize) with chickens, along with statistical analysis of similar physical traits, they found evidence that chickens belong to the potential created kind of the Galliformes order.
If you’re not knowledgeable about chicken ancestry, Wikipedia has an article on Galliformes, which says:
Galliformes is an order of heavy-bodied ground-feeding birds that includes turkey, grouse, chicken, New World quail and Old World quail, ptarmigan, partridge, pheasant, francolin, junglefowl and the Cracidae.
Heather tells us how all that variety happened:
These birds appear to have been among the clean animals on the Ark. As they diversified and filled the earth after the Flood, many different species appeared. Some of these were preserved in post-Flood sediments. The earliest fossils look like pheasants and similar wild birds. It’s possible that it was not until later that the modern species of domesticated chickens (Gallus domesticus) appeared.
The chicken’s ancestors were on Noah’s ark. That explains so much! Another excerpt:
The Creator placed designs for immense diversity within the genetics of the original kinds. As this diversity was passed from parent to offspring, most likely a non-chicken bird eventually laid an egg containing a chicken. So, technically speaking, it’s very likely that the Gallus domesticus egg came first.
And there’s your answer. Problem solved — at last! Heather finishes her brilliant article with an unexpected bit of humor:
Now, with that out of the way, we can address the other question on everyone’s mind — why did the chicken cross the road?
Clever ending, huh? That reminds us of a joke from the show Big Bang Theory: Why did the chicken cross the Möbius strip? To get to the same side!
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