October 19, 2011

Bok bok

Filed under: Agriculture — acagle @ 6:58 pm

Archaeologists find earliest domestication of chickens in China

Chickens began being domesticated in China about 8,000 years ago, far earlier than in the rest of the world,according to a recent study on fossils uncovered in north China’s Hebei Province.

Archaeologists said they had unearthed 116 fossil specimens from 23 types of animals, including pig, dog, chicken, tortoise, fish, and clam, at the Cishan Site, a Neolithic village relic in the city of Wu’an.

Not much there, but they suspect they were already being used for eggs as most of the bones were from males — they don’t directly state why they suspect these were food remains, but I guess we’ll just have to assume that.

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