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Chicken Really DID Come Before the Egg, Say Scientists

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From The Daily Mail of London:
"In the past scientists have answered the chicken/egg puzzle by relying on evolution.

According to this model, two animals which were similar to, but not, chickens interbred and the egg that was laid contained what was to become the first definitive chicken.

Now researchers found that the formation of egg shells relies on a protein that is only found in a chicken's ovaries.

Therefore, an egg can only exist if it has been inside a chicken - thereby proving chickens must have come first.

The protein - called ovocledidin-17 (OC-17) - acts as a catalyst to speed up the development of the shell.

The hard shell is needed to house the yolk and its protective fluids while the chick develops inside.

Scientists now believe that before an egg can be formed it must have needed the OC-17 protein which is only found in the ovary of a chicken.

Dr Colin Freeman, from Sheffield University's Department of Engineering Materials, said: 'It had long been suspected that the egg came first but now we have the scientific proof that shows that in fact the chicken came first.'"

Bob Gilmore, of Jackson, Mississippi's Cal-Maine Foods (CALM), the only publicly-traded egg producer in the United States, was not surprised with the findings.

In an interview with Minyanville, Gilmore said:

"Well, I could've told you that! All you have to do is read the book of Genesis!"

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SOURCE:   Daily Mail (UK)
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