Well, all birds are dinosaurs. But some birds really do a good job of playing the part, like my cassowary and now, my chickens.
Chickens are fascinating. I know what you’re thinking…you’re thinking, “Chickens aren’t fascinating! They are dumb!” but that’s where you’re wrong!
Chickens are the domesticated version of junglefowl, which are native to Asia. Nowadays, people think that chickens were domesticated not because of meat or egg production, but because people like to make them fight.
For me, the really interesting thing about chickens is that they, and other fowl of the family Phasianidae, respond to the predation of their eggs by producing more eggs. Which is to say, if you remove an egg each day, most chickens will lay another egg to replace it, pretty much forever.
The whole family of Phasianidae (to which chickens belong) and indeed the entire order Galliformes, is ancient. In fact, it is now thought that some early Galliformes roamed the Earth at the same time as T. rex. How is that for an illustrious heritage?