I'm picking egg because I'm sure there were lots of different kinds of eggs before there were any chickens.
That is not a bad point!
( Looks like the responses are finally staritng to trickle into my email box. Damn thing.)
.. But it's not 50/50 anymore.
Chickens evolved from dinosaurs - dinosaurs laid eggs.
End of debate...
just to represent the Bible, the chicken came first because god created the animals, and then they took it from there.
but I'm a skeptic, so this comment was really just to keep things interesting.
I was gunna say the same thing.... with the same situation of not being a 'believer'.
egg, even though i prefer to eat chickens.
2007-06-28 06:36 pm (UTC)
That baby is hilarious
Its got to be the chicken. Maybe I'm taking this too far, but if you go down the evolutionary chain far enough to when life started you've got naturally occuring organic chemicals somehow getting mixed up and combining to become self-replicating, eventually leading to proteins, leading to cells and then DNA, then colonies of cells then full blown microscopic organisms, leading to non-vertabrates, then vertabrates, then land animals...eventually getting a chicken that can lay the egg. It can't start with the egg...you've got to have something to lay it. Or rather, the animal component came first...then the reproductive element.
My brain hurts.
buuuuuuut....there were eggs before there were chickens. So does the question ask about any egg or a specifically chicken-laid egg?
The egg, and the book Random Kinds of Factness gives definite proof why!
There really is an answer to the question, "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?" Chickens evolved from an early Indochina bird called the red jungle fowl. Somewhere along the line, one of these fowls laid a genetically mutated egg that hatched something more like a chicken than a red jungle fowl. Hence the egg came first.
This is the theory I always subscribed too.
Chickens came from leezards... and so thus the egg came first.
Indeed, in primeval ooze, they simply split.
Noothing like ooze to do that to ya. ;)
it was the egg that bore the first mutated bird that we now call chicken!!! the thing that gave birth to it was something else... whoo hoo!!!
The egg! What laid it was genetically 99.9999 (whatever)% similar to a chicken but not a chicken A pseudo-chicken maybe. An almost-chicken! But the first True, Glorious Chicken hatched from that egg.
So, new question...what, specifically, defines a "chicken"? :-)
I don't know! LOL!
This got so more indepth then I had anticipated. My head is spinning.
2007-06-29 11:52 am (UTC)
Long Time No Post
The REAL answer is the egg came first because the first chicken was born of parents who were not themselves chicken.
The clever answer is the egg comes first because who has chicken for breakfast
LOL! I like both of your answers.
And it has been a long time. Good to see ya. :)
2007-06-29 04:27 pm (UTC)
you say "the egg" and you're basically stating an argument for evolution. saying that there was another bird that the chicken came from.
saying "the chicken" and you are a creationist.
2007-06-29 04:32 pm (UTC)
oh, ah, i didn't give my answer.
i'm saying the chicken.
The egg... My justification? The question never specifies it has to be a chicken egg... And reptiles had been laying eggs long before chickens.
Even if you consider it has to be a chicken egg... At some point in evolution, there was a creature that was what we would consider the species chicken. It's egg, therefore, was a chickens egg, considering that the owner of the egg becomes the one inside it, not the one who laid it.
Short Answer: The chicken, because God created it. (My personal belief.)
Long Answer: Even if you believe in evolution, it's STILL the chicken, because a "chicken egg" could not come first. The egg that contained the first ever "chicken" is not a chicken egg, but technically a red fowl egg (or whatever the supposed parent is), because it was laid by a red fowl.
I can see that theory, but somoene else mentioned, and I agree, that the egg becomes the property of the animnal that hatches out of it, right?
And I think God created teh eggs too, in the long run. :) Regardless of which came first.