Chicken of the Sea

Chickens may have crossed the Pacific Ocean along with early Polynesian explorers.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM June 8, 2007

These days, it’s easy to fly across oceans for vacation. Centuries ago, however, crossing the open seas required planning, handmade boats, and courage.

Scientists and historians have long been looking for clues to explain who crossed which oceans first. When it comes to the trip between Polynesia and South America, chickens may have been among the first ocean voyagers, according to new evidence.

This chicken may be a descendant of birds that Polynesian explorers brought to South America.

This chicken may be a descendant of birds that Polynesian explorers brought to South America.

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