Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?

Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?

The Epic Saga of the Bird That Powers Civilization

Book - 2014
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"Throughout the history of civilization, humans have embraced it in every form imaginable--as a messenger of the gods, powerful sex symbol, gambling aid, emblem of resurrection, all-purpose medicine, handy research tool, inspiration for bravery, epitome of evil, and, of course, as the star of the world's most famous joke. In [this book], science writer Andrew Lawler takes us on an adventure from prehistory to the modern era with a fascinating account of the partnership between human and chicken--the most successful of all cross-species relationships"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2014
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476729893
Branch Call Number: 636.5009 LAWLER
Characteristics: ix, 324 pages ; 24 cm


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ChristchurchLib Feb 10, 2015

At any given moment on planet Earth, chickens outnumber humans three to one. And if we ever colonize other worlds, they'll probably accompany us there (they are biologically better equipped for space travel). Gallus gallus domesticus, the domesticated version of the red jungle fowl, can be found on nearly every continent (except Antarctica) and in all countries but one (Vatican City). But how exactly did this skittish South Asian bird conquer the world? To find out, be sure to read this fascinating book. Nature and Science newsletter February 2015.


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