07 May '12, 10pm

Dinosaur Farts Contributed to Global Warming, Study Suggests

Dinosaur Farts Contributed to Global Warming, Study Suggests

150 million years ago, dinosaurs roamed the Earth and the average temperature was about 18 degrees hotter than it is today. A new study by British scientists connects the two, arguing that flatulence from sauropods could have produced 520 million tons of methane annually, enough to partially explain the warm climate, the BBC reported . Dino Gas Published in the journal Current Biology , the study was conducted by David Wilkinson, of Liverpool John Moores University, and scientists at the the University of London and the University of Glasgow. The team studied flatulence in cows, and used estimates of the size and number of sauropods (an order of large dinosaurs that includes the apotosaurus, aka the brontosaurus) to come up with the 520 tons figure. It's difficult to know what to make of the findings. According to Dr. Wilson, cows today produce between 50 and 100 million t...

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