- Posted May 7, 2012 by
Global Warming - Blame It on the Dinosaurs
According to a new study, there may be another cause to global warming - dinosaurs with burps and passing gas.
Yep, you read that right...gassy dinosaurs added to hotter temperatures.
Potty humor just got prehistoric. A new study suggests that dinosaurs may have helped keep an already overheated world warmer with their flatulence and burps 200 million years ago.
The research published Monday in Current Biology suggests that large dinosaurs made a significant contribution to the greenhouse effect back then. Study author David Wilkinson of Liverpool John Moores University in England estimated that about 570 million tons of methane came from dinosaurs. That's similar to total atmospheric levels of methane today produced by livestock, farming and industry. Cows alone now produce nearly 100 tons a year of methane.
The study looks at the biggest -- and presumably gassiest -- dinosaurs, called sauropods. These were the long-necked plant eaters that munched on the top of trees. They were large animals that had food fermenting in their guts for long periods of time because of their giant size, said University of Maryland paleontologist Thomas Holtz, who wasn't part of the study.
Wilkinson said dinosaur gas was just one factor at a time when the world was quite tropical, about 18 degrees warmer than now (10 degrees Celsius). But he said some in the media and blogosphere have misinterpreted his study to say it was the main cause of ancient warming. Wilkinson said it was only of the causes, but dinosaur gas "is big enough to be a measurable effect," he said in a phone interview.
What caused the ancient pre-human world to be so hot -- just the way the dinosaurs needed it -- was a variety of factors. Volcanoes spewed much more greenhouse gases than now, Holtz said. Swamps, water currents, shallow seas and plentiful plankton combined to raise greenhouse gas levels far higher than today, he said.
So there you have it folks...the greenhouse gas effect predates humans by a year or two...LOL
There were others who have said the study did not validate the theory that dinosaurs were mainly responsible for the greenhouse gas effect.
From the Cornfield, looks like it's time to start feeding all those bovines around the world with Beano...you know how it goes...feed those cows so there Be No Gas...LOL