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Dinosaur gases 'warmed the Earth'
BBC News ^ | May 7, 2012

Posted on 05/07/2012 10:39:16 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

Giant dinosaurs could have warmed the planet with their flatulence, say researchers.

British scientists have calculated the methane output of sauropods, including the species known as Brontosaurus.

By scaling up the digestive wind of cows, they estimate that the population of dinosaurs - as a whole - produced 520 million tonnes of gas annually.

They suggest the gas could have been a key factor in the warm climate 150 million years ago.

David Wilkinson from Liverpool John Moore's University, and colleagues from the University of London and the University of Glasgow published their results in the journal Current Biology.

Sauropods, such as Apatosaurus louise (formerly known as Brontosaurus), were super-sized land animals that grazed on vegetation during the Mesozoic Era.

For Dr Wilkinson, it was not the giants that were of interest but the microscopic organisms living inside them.

"The ecology of microbes and their role in the working of our planet are one of my key interests in science," he told BBC Nature.

"Although it's the dinosaur element that captures the popular imagination with this work, actually it is the microbes living in the dinosaurs guts that are making the methane."

Methane is known as a "greenhouse gas" that absorbs infrared radiation from the sun, trapping it in the Earth's atmosphere and leading to increased temperatures.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Conspiracy; Science
KEYWORDS: catastrophism; climatechange; dinosaur; dinosaurfarts; dinosaurs; globalwarming; globalwarminghoax; godsgravesglyphs; paleontology

1 posted on 05/07/2012 10:39:21 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

And these days British scientists are warming the earth with their flatulence.


2 posted on 05/07/2012 10:42:18 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: Free ThinkerNY

In this common gas conversion table:

http://www.sfdph.org/dph/files/EHSdocs/ehsHMUPAdocs/GasConversionTable.pdf

I don’t see f*arts listed.


3 posted on 05/07/2012 10:42:49 AM PDT by carriage_hill (((.)))
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Dinosaurs: the SUV of the mesozoic era.
4 posted on 05/07/2012 10:43:37 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: carriage_hill

Ooops.

fa*rts = f*rts. Sorry.


5 posted on 05/07/2012 10:43:55 AM PDT by carriage_hill (((.)))
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The article specifically blames the farts of the Plant-Eating Dinosaurs causing Global Warming.

Evidently the farts of Carnivores weren’t as harmful to the atmosphere.

I therefore propose that AGW can be directly attributed to vegetarians, and even more so, VEGANS, and they must shoulder the collective guilt for the destruction of our planet./sarc


6 posted on 05/07/2012 10:47:43 AM PDT by left that other site
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To: Free ThinkerNY

So, if they had Heineken when the Brontosaurus were around, the Earth would be like Venus?

Mrs. Bronto: Was that a volcano that just blew?

No dear, it was the tacos and beer.


7 posted on 05/07/2012 10:47:54 AM PDT by Scott from the Left Coast
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’ve cleared a Taco Bell before....

I guess enough large dinosaurs could do the same to the earth....

LOL....


8 posted on 05/07/2012 10:47:54 AM PDT by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: Free ThinkerNY
For Dr Wilkinson, it was not the giants that were of interest but the grant money he could collect by coming up with a Global Warming link to his research.

There fixed for the sake of honesty.

9 posted on 05/07/2012 10:48:21 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

BRAATosaurus Reeks ?


10 posted on 05/07/2012 10:49:03 AM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I was cruising FM stations on my way to work this morning and ran across this idiot being interviewed on BBC.

I alternated between laughing uncontrollably and shouting “idiot” at the car radio, while trying to keep the car on the road.

What a load of cr*p.


11 posted on 05/07/2012 10:51:15 AM PDT by TheCornerOffice
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Now I understand why it took Algore to point this out to us all...


12 posted on 05/07/2012 10:52:38 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: Free ThinkerNY

And the earth was okay with that. It was only after generations of politicians foisted their flatulence on the planet that the threat of globull warming became apparent.


13 posted on 05/07/2012 11:00:05 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Yeah, but it was the little dino's farts that were killers.


14 posted on 05/07/2012 11:09:06 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Much more methane is coming from decaying vegetation in wetlands, lakes and oceans.

15 posted on 05/07/2012 11:20:44 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“Sauropods, such as Apatosaurus louise (formerly known as Brontosaurus), were super-sized land animals that grazed on vegetation during the Mesozoic Era”

Hold on here...a dino that went from a “Bronto” to a “louise”? Grew different colored feathers too, became a cross dresser? Somethings not right here, folks!


16 posted on 05/07/2012 11:23:53 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: PGR88

Indeed, yes. But worse, today many of our politicians (and their mass-media “usedull idiots”) are “global-warming” us with their flatulence. (The brontosauri were more intelligent. They at least knew to f*rt out the correct portholes.)


17 posted on 05/07/2012 11:28:44 AM PDT by faithhopecharity (remember when "Four more years!" was a credible campaign slogan for an incumbent?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This is utterly preposterous.
Dinosaurs had about as much contribution to greenhous gases as they did to the creation of crude oil from their rotting bodies.
If anything were going to great quantities of methane and other so called green house gases and petroleum, it would be the composting vegetation that was abundant in the tropical rain forests common back then. Even that does not completely meet the reasonableness test. Global warming is a function of the output of the sun and not much else.


18 posted on 05/07/2012 11:35:53 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (End Obama's War On Freedom.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
though not as much as these Brit scientists do every time they open their mouths...
19 posted on 05/07/2012 11:39:16 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

People get paid to guess at how much dinosaurs farted? Send ‘em to the rice fields for re-education.


20 posted on 05/07/2012 11:49:07 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Has anyone ever calculated the amount of dinosaurs that would be necessary to create the world’s supply of oil? How much oil would one T-Rex carcass create for instance? How many dinosaurs roamed the world? Surely some egghead somewhere has tried to calculate that.


21 posted on 05/07/2012 12:13:03 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: Free ThinkerNY

One of the worst offenders, the silent but deadly Snorlaxasaurus:

http://cdn.bulbagarden.net/media/upload/f/fb/143Snorlax.png


22 posted on 05/07/2012 12:17:32 PM PDT by tumblindice (Our new, happy lives.)
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To: left that other site
I therefore propose that AGW can be directly attributed to vegetarians, and even more so, VEGANS,

I love VEGANS, having a 24oz Porterhouse for dinner tonight.
23 posted on 05/07/2012 1:50:16 PM PDT by Foolsgold (L I B Lacking in Brains)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

That’s DS


24 posted on 05/07/2012 3:01:29 PM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag (Still a contributing Republican? Why?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Go look down the rabbit hole. This study is going to be used as the difference between dinosaur farts and coal plants.
It's already in the works.
25 posted on 05/07/2012 5:29:48 PM PDT by TexasSecede79366 (Do politicians satisfy the literal definition of zombies?)
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To: Foolsgold

A porterhouse of that size will produce monstrous farts, but they will not be detrimental to the environment! LOL!


26 posted on 05/07/2012 7:22:53 PM PDT by left that other site
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; 75thOVI; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; ...

Thanks Ernest at the Beach.




27 posted on 05/08/2012 9:17:54 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks Ernest at the Beach.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


28 posted on 05/08/2012 9:20:20 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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It's all part of the show, folks.....
29 posted on 05/08/2012 10:14:43 PM PDT by BIGLOOK
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To: Free ThinkerNY; SunkenCiv

30 posted on 05/09/2012 1:55:09 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Free ThinkerNY; SunkenCiv

31 posted on 05/09/2012 1:56:13 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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