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Ancient DNA: Barnyard chickens living just a few hundred years ago looked far different from today's chickens


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Ancient DNA adds a twist to the story of how barnyard chickens came to be. Analyzing DNA from the bones of chickens that lived 200-2,300 years ago in Europe, researchers report that some of the traits we associate with modern domestic chickens -- such as their yellowish skin -- only became widespread in the last 500 years, much more recently than previously thought.6TSvw-1f07I

 

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