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Did dinosaur wind cause climate change ?

May 8, 2012 | Comment icon 19 comments



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Dinosaur flatulence may have produced enough gas to change the climate 150 million years ago.
The bizarre claim may sound like a joke but is actually a serious possibility. Like modern day cows, large sauropod dinosaurs would have given off huge amounts of methane gas as they digested the plants that they consumed. There would have been so much of it in fact that it could have had a considerable impact on the climate during the Mesozoic era.

"A simple mathematical model suggests that the microbes living in sauropod dinosaurs may have produced enough methane to have an important effect on the Mesozoic climate," said Dr Dave Wilkinson. "Indeed, our calculations suggest that these dinosaurs could have produced more methane than all modern sources - both natural and man-made - put together."
Huge plant-eating dinosaurs may have produced enough greenhouse gas by breaking wind to alter the Earth's climate, research suggests.


Source: Telegraph | Comments (19)



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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #10 Posted by Fox Mccloud 10 years ago
just as cows just as i expected
Comment icon #11 Posted by Robbie333 10 years ago
http://www.telegraph...ate-change.html First it is Bovine farts killing our world and know you tell me it all began with dinosaur farts. So whats the plan, Corks? LOL
Comment icon #12 Posted by minera 9 years ago
next it will be human flatulence due to the overpopulation. The explanations are getting more far out than ever. I am sure all land animals on the planet flatulate at one time or another including scientists. Have to blame it on anything but greenhouse gasses ...
Comment icon #13 Posted by minera 9 years ago
I wish they would come to a more realistic conclusion than flatulence....
Comment icon #14 Posted by minera 9 years ago
it could get a bit dangerous with all those corks flying around.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Simbi Laveau 9 years ago
Wasnt this an episode of south park ? *titters*
Comment icon #16 Posted by SameerPrehistorica 9 years ago
It doesn't seem correct and by the way....diplodocus is not 150 feet and it is not 45 tonnes... It is close to 100 feet or a bit more and weighing like 20 tonnes...It's a slimmer sauropod.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Lilly 9 years ago
The solution to Global Warming: Beano?
Comment icon #18 Posted by questionmark 9 years ago
It could also be that climate change caused the dinos....
Comment icon #19 Posted by lightly 9 years ago
It could also be that climate change caused the dinos.... That's an interesting thought. .. as in, warmer and/or wetter climate boosted vegetation, which boosted herbivores, which boosted larger and larger carnivors ?


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