Chicken Notes

Notes on why the chicken

Notes on “why the chicken crossed the world” available here

Page 2 Hunter Life was not quiet at least not for all groups.


page 11 the

Chicken A Natural History doesn’t agree the red jungle fowl
(Burma) was the progenitor of all our chickens. It never mentions
William Beebe (Index) which does seem odd. But apparently the origin
of chicken is still disputed. Well page 14 indicates DNA indicates
domestic chicken is mostly descended from the reds ..

Page 13 has genetic foundation in fruit flies. No mention of Mendel
which seems odd …

only Thomas

Hunt Morgan … a possible
for us ..

–at this rate I’ll never get through this book —

–Beebe was a mentor to Rachel Carson

-page 18; Brisbane is the young biologist recruited by Bump to save
wild red’s he’d imported to US. Antecedents are confused her.

photo of Brisbin

This from an Audubon

article seems to have been cut from the book:

When Bump heard the news, he picked up his phone in Washington and
called a young ecologist in South Carolina named I. Lehr
. Bump pleaded with Brisbin to save any birds he could.

That makes things rather clearer …

If you keep reading it eventually becomes clear that Brisbin is the
guy Bump got to save some of the reds, but the transition on page 18
was very confusing to me. If he had retained the language in his
Audubon article things would have be clear. I hope this doesn’t
happen too often …


y=∫dxF(x)y=\int dxF(x)

wow! Latex in SeaMonkey

Saturday, February 6, 2016a

3:16 PM
Saturday, February 6,

Time in Mountain View, CA

page 39


Carnelian (also spelled cornelian) is a
brownish-red mineral which is commonly used as a semi-precious
gemstone. Similar to carnelian is sard, which is generally
harder and darker (the difference is not rigidly defined, and the
two names are often used interchangeably).



Some resemblance to a chicken?


Akkadian (/əˈkeɪdiən/ akkadû, 𒀝𒅗𒁺𒌑
ak-ka-du-ú; logogram: 𒌵𒆠 URIKI ) is an extinct East
Semitic language (part of the greater Afroasiatic language
family) that was spoken in ancient Mesopotamia

page 42


Thus, spake Zarathustra

Chapter 3

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Skepticism is
the first step towards truth.

Denis Diderot, Pensées

Philosophiques (1746), quoted from Jim Herrick, Against

the Faith (1985), p. 776

Socrates dirty joke while dying:

Page 35; Jewish penicillin works … at least somewhat …

Rooster comb and creaky knees — on of Margaret’s problem ???

Doesn’t seem to be complete BS …

Page 60

Aristotle  was a better biologist than physicist because in
that case he did experiment!

Thomas Aquinas on abortion …

based on Aristotelian observational Science! Abortion is still bad
but it’s not murder! A single fertilized egg (Thomas didn’t know
about them) is certainly not a ‘person.’

–Page 63

Eugenics mentioned.

Of course selective breeding would work on humans, if you know and
can measure what you want to breed for

That doesn’t make it a good thing to do or right!

Chapter 4

Edmund Saul Dixon

Self reference …

Mostly this about Polynesia and new world propagation. As best they
can tell it seems chickens did not get established in the Americas
until Columbus, Cortes and tha crowd invaded.