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Know Your Turkey Facts and History

Legend has it that Ben Franklin lobbied Congress to make the wild turkey America’s National Bird. Good thing he didn’t: Imagine how empty our Thanksgiving tables would look.Although nobody really knows where Meleagris gallopavo (the scientific name for a common turkey) came from or who first domesticated it, we do know that early Mexicans tamed the turk in pre-Columbian times. ...

Terri Schlichenmeyer | Oct 7, 2010

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