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For the evolution scientists, which came first the chicken or the egg?

  1. jackclee lm profile image81
    jackclee lmposted 22 months ago

    For the evolution scientists, which came first the chicken or the egg?

    I don't think this dilemma has been fully explained or explored. All evolution scientists and biologists, please explain...

  2. Titen-Sxull profile image87
    Titen-Sxullposted 22 months ago

    I'm not a scientist, but then one doesn't need to be a scientist to answer this question.

    From an evolutionary perspective the EGG came first, because egg laying animals were around for millions of years before the first birds evolved. Dinosaurs laid eggs, I'm sure you're aware of that fact, and it was certain theropod dinosaurs that evolved into modern day birds.

    If we're going to look at which came first the chicken or the chicken egg the question itself makes no sense. It'd be like asking which came first the adult human being or the baby human being you can't have one without the other. There are no hard full-stop lines in evolution, there was no singular moment when a non-human gave birth to a human. There would be generation upon generation of gray area where it'd be difficult to say whether what we're looking at is actually a chicken yet.

    Every single species is in constant transition, every generation is slightly different than the one before it.

    1. jackclee lm profile image81
      jackclee lmposted 22 months agoin reply to this

      My personal opinion, this delemma can be easily avoided if you allow for the possibility of a super natural creation or an Intelligent design. We have made great progress in genetics and DNA analysis. The original chicken was created in a test tube.

    2. Titen-Sxull profile image87
      Titen-Sxullposted 22 months agoin reply to this

      There is no dilemma here when we're talking about evolution.

    3. jackclee lm profile image81
      jackclee lmposted 22 months agoin reply to this

      OK, can evolution theory explain it so that I can understand how this come about, with all our understanding of DNA and reproduction...?

    4. Titen-Sxull profile image87
      Titen-Sxullposted 22 months agoin reply to this

      I already answered this question. There is no point in the evolution of the chicken that you can point to and say the egg or chicken came first, the question itself does not make sense in terms of evolution.

    5. jonnycomelately profile image84
      jonnycomelatelyposted 22 months agoin reply to this

      Jack Lee, would you think molecular changes taking place in a primordial soup of sulphuric compounds, in temperatures much higher than ours, to be the workings of a super natural designer?

    6. jackclee lm profile image81
      jackclee lmposted 22 months agoin reply to this

      No, I don't think an intelligent designer would take that path. He would start out with the finished product.

    7. Titen-Sxull profile image87
      Titen-Sxullposted 22 months agoin reply to this

      There is no finished product in evolution, that's why the "dilemma" isn't actually a dilemma at all. There is no point at which a non-chicken laid a chicken egg or vice versa. Evolution doesn't have hard/solid lines like that.

    8. Ericdierker profile image51
      Ericdierkerposted 22 months agoin reply to this

      Jack, don't you see the beauty of creation in evolution of species?

    9. jackclee lm profile image81
      jackclee lmposted 22 months agoin reply to this

      I see the beauty of all God's creations, all the variety of animals and plant. In some cases, attributes that are not beneficial to the survival and yet they exist. For evolution theory proponents, these are hard to explain away...

    10. Ericdierker profile image51
      Ericdierkerposted 22 months agoin reply to this

      You do not see the wisdom of the concepts introduced by monk Gregor Mendel and Linnaeus introduced many years before Darwin?
      You cannot accept any version of Theistic Evolution?

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    Cissy1946posted 22 months ago

    This is to Titen-Sxull

    You seem to be answering the question of a specific animal and a general egg. Maybe the question should read "Which came first, the chicken or the chicken egg?" If that's the question then using the premise set out by your statement the chicken had to come first because it would have had to be fully evolved as a chicken before it could procreate as a chicken by laying an egg.

    1. Titen-Sxull profile image87
      Titen-Sxullposted 22 months agoin reply to this

      I answered both versions of the question.

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      Cissy1946posted 22 months agoin reply to this

      Sorry, my oops.

  4. bradmasterOCcal profile image29
    bradmasterOCcalposted 22 months ago

    There doesn't seem to be much Design and certainly not Intelligent.
    We have a garbage belt through our solar system alone that has been playing pinata with the planets and their moons for billions of years.

    Any one them could wipe out the Earth as we know it today.
    It is clear that dinosaurs preceded the humans, and they should have been here first.

    We have trillions of objects in the universe that serve no useful purpose for us, if we were the object of an "Intelligent Design".
    We have numerous black holes that are like galaxy trash compactors.
    Again, the rest of the universe is not meaningful to us on Earth.

    An intelligent design for us could have been accomplished without a universe or even a solar system. And it could have been done without even a Sun.

    It is looking more like the infinite number of monkeys and infinite number of typewriters than any kind of design.

    Even the environment on earth is not a design, intelligent or otherwise. It is more like life Adapted to its harsh and deadly acts. Earthquakes, Typhoons, Tsunamis, Volcanoes, Floods, Pestilence, etc. We also have deadly creatures to deal with here.

    How is this a design, much less intelligence.

    If this was a product created by man, it would be rejected as Defective?

    1. jackclee lm profile image81
      jackclee lmposted 22 months agoin reply to this

      I totally disagree with that assessment of humanity. I challenge you to come up with a better design of a creature with our intellect, our mobility, our dexterity and our diversity and our curiosity...
      Give it a shot...

    2. bradmasterOCcal profile image29
      bradmasterOCcalposted 22 months agoin reply to this

      Jack
      You only disagreed with humans, but the world and the universe are not mentioned by you to contradict my statements on them.
      Humans pale in comparison to the physical abilities of most other creatures. I don't have enough characters left.

    3. jonnycomelately profile image84
      jonnycomelatelyposted 22 months agoin reply to this

      If you delve into the beautifully integrated cycles of life and geology on this planet, then you will see that, over time, everything and every process results in the production of "life."

    4. bradmasterOCcal profile image29
      bradmasterOCcalposted 22 months agoin reply to this

      Alan
      You will also see the death and destruction.

    5. jackclee lm profile image81
      jackclee lmposted 22 months agoin reply to this

      Bradmaster, I wrote a hub on the perfect human you might want to check it out. As you say, there are not enough space here to discuss fully. My point is, if you were God, you would have a hard time coming up with a better package than humans.

    6. Stephen Meadows profile image83
      Stephen Meadowsposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Jack, a human being is hardly a good example of a "perfect" creation. Study anatomy and you will see how the body has adapted and changed over time. Examples include the appendix, eye, brain, and tailbone, just to name a few!

  5. Ericdierker profile image51
    Ericdierkerposted 22 months ago

    It would seem to me from an evolutionary perspective we have to say not egg necessarily, but eggs. The chicken was not a chicken until the mating and offspring of what it was before changed that. There was no poof - presto chicken. It developed out of a survival of the fittest notion. So that eventually the egg of one animal produced the chicken as we know it. It needed a combination of genetic material over time. So the chicken as we think of it today came from two birds mating which produced an egg which produced a chicken as we know it today. Certainly gradual, but each egg produced more of the chicken we know. It is the great combination of male and female genetics which produced an egg that produced a chicken.

    1. jackclee lm profile image81
      jackclee lmposted 22 months agoin reply to this

      Perhaps you are not understanding my question. Only 250 char. to reply. In order for the egg to happen, many genetic changes are necessary. How does a pre-chicken animal mate and develop the egg in one swoop? How did this pre-chicken reproduce before

    2. Ericdierker profile image51
      Ericdierkerposted 22 months agoin reply to this

      Clearly I said gradually as is the course of evolution. I did not say in "one swoop".

    3. jackclee lm profile image81
      jackclee lmposted 22 months agoin reply to this

      True, but practically, how do you imagine a reproductive system evolve from one form to an egg system? Slowly...  That is the problem with evolution. Somethings require too many changes to be effective which statistically will be astonomical to work.

    4. Ericdierker profile image51
      Ericdierkerposted 22 months agoin reply to this

      Yes Jack you have a great point. That is why I agree to an extent evolution. But it has to happen through something extraordinary. Something that is Godlike.

    5. jonnycomelately profile image84
      jonnycomelatelyposted 22 months agoin reply to this

      I can listen to all of these points and opinions, not agreeing/disagreeing necessarily with either.  But I always come back to a sense of awe and admiration... this keeps my mind in the realm of sanity!

    6. Ericdierker profile image51
      Ericdierkerposted 22 months agoin reply to this

      Indeed Alan indeed.

  6. roselinsojan profile image51
    roselinsojanposted 22 months ago

    Chicken first,it is told, God created birds and animals.

    1. jonnycomelately profile image84
      jonnycomelatelyposted 22 months agoin reply to this

      So, if God is above the clouds, did "he" invent wings?

 
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