How a 1,000-Year-Old Religious Edict Shaped the Modern Chicken

Research suggests that a religious edict from the Catholic Church shaped the evolution of the modern chicken.

Confused chicken. [Photo: Matt Davis via flickr.com/photos/26279436@N02/]

Chicken is one of the most consumed meats in the world. The U.S. alone consumes 8 billion chickens per year — about 25 birds per every meat-eater in the country. But just 1,000 years ago, chicken was a relatively rare dish.

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