Why Summa Gallicana?
One day, after nearly two years of working and working, I realized that the purposes with which I begun in drawing up something, that could be useful to the Italian Chicken Breeders, had gone beyond my expectations.
Like a cherry follows another one, so an information often requires another one to be clarified. Then, like it happens sometimes, I also started with an intent and went to a never imagined shore: from the central nucleus - hinged on the several chicken genetic mutations - I found myself at the Big Bang, the origin of Universe.
It was not a wanted sin: the information was gathered according to a quite logical thread centred on chicken origin and evolution and therefore of birds, hiding behind them the dinosaurs and their ancestors.
I found a pile of data in my hands and once more I felt that I was assembling the whole about chicken knowledge.
The mind flew to the high school time, when I faced the Saint Thomas of Aquino philosophy, who wrote the Summa Theologica dealing with all God is concerning with.
I told me: why, then, don't entitle this treatise Summa Gallicana?
Perhaps this paper had full right nevertheless the gallicana term being incorrect: only an assonance with intentions between serious and facetious.
But so befell.
Saint Albert the Great - born in Svevia between 1193 and 1206 and therefore called Teutonic - gave an important contribution to both zoology and botany, and probably he first described the matreshka egg. In 1941 pope Pious XII chose him as Patron of Natural Sciences Students... but Saint Albert had also been Saint Thomas' teacher.
It came off a quite casual triangle: He, Summa Theologica and, then, Summa Gallicana.
Eight million of years ago the Gallus genus defined itself and therefore I have picked this subtitle, to remember that the chicken is at least around 4 million of years less young than the man is.
Translation reviewed by Stefania Fersini