Chickens are among the most widespread domesticated animals in the world. There are more than twice as many of them as there are humans. Nevertheless, the knowledge about these animals is limited, due to the fact that chickens are mainly considered as consumer goods, without any biological or evolutionary identity. They can’t even sing like other birds.
The exhibition Chicken – Erbe der Dinosaurier (Chicken – legacy of the dinosaurs) illustrates the complex biology and evolutionary history of chickens. Chickens are more than just food: they are interesting and diverse animals. They are the result of an evolutionary process that began with dinosaurs and culminated in a variety of human-influenced forms through the process of domestication.