Originally Posted by AndysDaddy
Is this true? I had always thought any genetic mutations occurred at conception, in which case the first chicken would be conceived and grow into the first chicken-egg (by which I claim that the chicken came first)
Okay, so technically if you want to separate the egg during gestation from the chicken at conception and through gestation, the chicken came first. But thats getting a little nitty about the scenario.
Yes, the "chicken as we know it" is inside the egg and the egg was formed by the "not a chicken as we know it" so yah, you could be Super Nit and say the chicken came first.
But I'm pretty sure when the question is asked, the differentiation is clear that the "chicken" is the one who laid said egg that contains the "as we know it chicken."