Who doesn't love fried chicken? Apparently, ancient Britons considered it taboo to eat them, as a study revealed that Gallus gallus domesticus had once been venerated by them to the point that men and women were buried along with their pet chickens.
After arriving in the UK in 800 BC, these chickens spent centuries being worshiped and celebrated by the Iron Age Britons. It wasn't until AD 43 when the Romans came over to England and began slaughtering the chickens for food.
From that point onward, ancient Britons began rearing them so that they can be farmed and eaten later. In fact, historic bones have shown how chickens have evolved over time so that they can grow faster and die younger, to satisfy humans' increasing demand for them.
Now, there are about 26 billion chickens being reared around the world, far more than any other bird on the planet. Pigeons in the 1800s had a population of 3 to 5 billion, and were considered the most common bird on the planet. Not anymore.
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