Hen-feathered male Sebright bantam

1914-1924 in United States
Thomas Hunt Morgan

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Group shot from left to right: 1996-136 Pt2 - Cock-feathered male Sebright Bantam and 1996-136 Pt1 Hen-feathered male
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Hen-feathered male Sebright bantam, bred by Thomas Hunt Morgan, United States, 1914-1924

Thomas Hunt Morgan (1866-1945) bred this pair of male Sebright Bantams (a type of chicken) in order to investigate the genetic inheritance of plumage. One male has the plumage and feathering normally associated with hens; the other has the plumage associated with cocks. Morgan found that the dominant gene for plumage is hen-feathering. Morgan won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1933 for discovering the role played by chromosomes in heredity.

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