Friday, July 29, 2011

FUNKY CHICKEN FACT #31: Chickens Beat Columbus to the New World

It is common, but quite possibly inaccurate, knowledge that the Spanish first brought chickens to the New World. Some archaeologists have concluded that chicken bones dated to sometime between 1321 and 1407 constitute proof that it was Polynesians traveling East and not Europeans traveling west that first brought chickens to the New World!

The site in coastal Chile, El Arenal 1, contained 50 chicken bones from at least 5 different birds. Read an account here. If you are skeptical and looking for support that the bones in Chile are really from birds brought by the Spanish, check out this site.

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