Which came first: the chicken or the egg?
❓The (almost) eternal debate on what came first has persisted through decades.
🌆Countless evenings have been spent around a table, with a 🍷wine glass (or plenty more), with people throwing arguments against or in favour of one of the answers.
🤔Despite all thoughts, in reality, the answer is relatively simple.
⚠️The first animals to lay eggs were the dinosaurs.
🥚𝐒𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐠𝐠 𝐜𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭!🐣
🇺🇲A discovery made in 1990 in North America showed a nest of eggs from a carnivore dinosaur called “Maniraptoran”.
🦕This dinosaur is believed to be the animal from which birds came to develop into new species.
✅Some suggest the new question: What came first, the dinosaur or the egg?
But we will leave that one for another time…
Dr Costa is a Consultant Paediatrician and fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.