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Journal Articles Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Year : 2022

The biocultural origins and dispersal of domestic chickens

Joris Peters
Ophélie Lebrasseur
Evan Irving-Pease
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Ptolemaios Dimitrios Paxinos
Julia Best
Riley Smallman
Armelle Gardeisen
Simon Trixl
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Laurent Frantz
Naomi Sykes
  • Function : Author
Dorian Fuller
Greger Larson

Abstract

Significance Chickens are the world’s most numerous domestic animal. In order to understand when, where, and how they first became associated with human societies, we critically assessed the domestic status of chicken remains described in >600 sites in 89 countries, and evaluated zoogeographic, morphological, osteometric, stratigraphic, contextual, iconographic, and textual data. Although previous studies have made claims for an early origin of chickens, our results suggest that unambiguous chickens were not present until ∼1650 to 1250 BCE in central Thailand. A correlation between early chickens and the first appearance of rice and millet cultivation suggests that the production and storage of these cereals may have acted as a magnet, thus initiating the chicken domestication process.

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mnhn-03689393 , version 1 (07-06-2022)

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Joris Peters, Ophélie Lebrasseur, Evan Irving-Pease, Ptolemaios Dimitrios Paxinos, Julia Best, et al.. The biocultural origins and dispersal of domestic chickens. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2022, 119 (24), ⟨10.1073/pnas.2121978119⟩. ⟨mnhn-03689393⟩
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