So £2 million is awarded to 6 universities to study the history of human interaction with chickens. Much - as you can imagine is being made of this in the press. At first reaction is a skin bristle until a bit of thought is applied. I braked in when I thought back to some lengthy research I did for a book on this very issue.... keeping one's characters fed can be a trial. I use material researched in Europe by scholars of note for long lists of the movement and spread of trees and edible plants over thousands of years from origins; but chickens were not included. An in depth study might make for interesting reading - and doubtless there will be adjacent knowleedge also acquired.
It is hard for historians to justify any research expense, I guess so there will be a full throttle outburst on this one - but I don't know enough to make proper comment. (Though I did observe that both York and Leicester Unversities will benefit; room for expanding Dick 3 joke material here if ever.)