Poultry (Chickens, Turkeys...) in Virginia

The turkeys raised in Virginia are decendants of birds that were native to Mexico. They were domesticated there 2000 years ago, perhaps for ceremonies and rituals as well as for food.1



1. Aurelie Manin, Eduardo Corona-M, Michelle Alexander, Abigail Craig, Erin Kennedy Thornton, Dongya Y. Yang, Michael Richards, Camilla F. Speller, "Diversity of management strategies in Mesoamerican turkeys: archaeological, isotopic and genetic evidence," Royal Society Open Science, January 17, 2018, http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsos.171613

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