ASIA’S KEY ROLE
Initial genetic studies seem to suggest that modern chickens descended from those first domesticated in different parts of Asia before then spreading to Europe and Africa whereupon they made the hop across the ocean to the Americas. However, some chicken bones excavated from the coast of Chile underwent a DNA analysis that suggests they are older than the arrival of the first Europeans. Furthermore, the bones were found to be more closely related to the Polynesian chicken strains than those bred in Europe. What does this mean? Well, if it is, in fact, scientifically accurate then it would mean that explorers from Polynesian reached the shores of the Americas a century before Columbus. That is a piece of knowledge that would have knocked the wind out his sails had he known.