Great cover story in the current Smithsonian magazine:
“How did the chicken achieve such cultural and culinary dominance? It is all the more surprising in light of the belief by many archaeologists that chickens were first domesticated not for eating but for cockfighting. Until the advent of large-scale industrial production in the 20th century, the economic and nutritional contribution of chickens was modest.”
– “How the Chicken Conquered the World,” Jerry Adler and Andrew Lawler, Smithsonian
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