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Re: White meat
On 11/23/05, Phil Bigelow <email@example.com> wrote:
> No, I'm not referring to a Klu Klux Klan BBQ. I'm asking about white
> muscular tissue in avians. Galliformes are, in general, rather poor
> fliers, yet they tend to have the largest amount of white muscular tissue
> on their breasts and wings.
> Why is this feature so characteristic of Galliformes and rather
> diminished in many other avian lineages?
I'm sure there's more to it than this, but I think I fair chunk of the
answer is probably, "Because people tend to like white meat." In other
words, artificial selection (although I'll take a thigh or drumstick,
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