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Posted on 05/07/2012 5:21:06 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Dinosaurs passing wind may have caused climate change
Huge plant-eating dinosaurs may have produced enough greenhouse gas by breaking wind to alter the Earth's climate, research suggests.
2:46AM BST 07 May 2012
Like huge cows, the mighty sauropods would have generated enormous quantities of methane.
Sauropods, recognisable by their long necks and tails, were widespread around 150 million years ago.
They included some of the largest animals to walk the Earth, such as Diplodocus, which measured 150 feet and weighed up to 45 tonnes.
Scientists believe that, just as in cows, methane-producing bacteria aided the digestion of sauropods by fermenting their plant food.
''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 study leader Dr Dave Wilkinson, from Liverpool John Moores University.
''Indeed, our calculations suggest that these dinosaurs could have produced more methane than all modern sources - both natural and man-made - put together.''
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t all rotting vegetation create methane?
I’m thinking the same amount of methane is created whether a leaf is consumed or falls into the swamp.
That’s about the size of it.
Then the methane decomposes into CO2 and water, and then the plants pull the CO2 out of the air.
This scientific report clearly misses the main culprit. The Greek playwright, Aristophanes, thousand of years ago described how mosquitoes fly by farting. I am almost sure of this, althought I did go to public school so somebody should check my accuracy. Granted, dinosaurs are big, and even an SBD (Silent But Deadly) emission would be catastrophic, but there were few dinosaurs. On the other hand, there have always been lots of mosquitoes, which you will know if you have been out enjoying the local “green space” created by your tax dollars. A trillion zillion gabillion (words a Democrat lives) gnat farts create more bad gas than all the Dinos that ever lived. So, lesson - don’t get in an elevator with a mosquito. When the fumes hit, he will never admit it was him, not you. Or is that “he”?
Climate Change parodies itself.
So...? Cattle are the megaherbivores of our day? Are we all going to die? Or do we get a warm, wet climate? Would that be bad? Draw your own conclusions.
Today we have over 6 billion people breaking wind so is that equivalent to a lesser number of dinosaurs?
Passing gas does cause the climate to become more volatile. Just last night, I passed gas under the covers. The climate was most hostile for a few moments and then was very cold the rest of the night.
Ban beans and Mexican food!
You have to be smart AND fast to keep up in this forum.
Remember, the sauropod itself is sequestered CO2
Mexican food is an oxymoron.
Name “Mesozoic” changed to “Fartozoic.”
Well they have to keep that grant money flowing in to maintain their lifestyle.......
Wonder how they fill out the grant money papers for this one.
And wonder how much they got to produce this bit of stupidity.
It will release some methane but also that carbon/hydrogen will get released as CO2 and H2O.
The question would be process, digestion or open air decomposition release more methane?
very funny -...but
How can anyone keep a straight face with this “science?”
I cannot believe any scientist, in any discipline is
not laughing out loud- we are doomed.
Apparently, climate change modeling software was used, albeit, by first doing a Search-and-replace for "climate change" for replacement by "dinosaurs"...
ALGORE passing wind is the big problem!
Hmmmm, they caused much more “climate changing” gasses than we....and lasted millions and millions of years longer.
Seems to be a pattern there somewhere......
And butterfly wings cause hurricanes. Sure.
Maybe not. I’ll need to check with the “Bureau of Dinosaur Statistics” to verify the dino population.
Excellent point. Do I have the cause & effect right?
Dinosaurs: Large CO2 Output —> Global vertebrate dominance for 135 Million Years.
Humans: Large CO2 Output —> Mass extinctions in a few decades.
But that methane and CO2 are the basic organic building blocks of life gets lost on those loonies. This is such a stupid argument, that something healthy and living is a generator of the very things it consumes and retains.
I am going to the Museum of Natural History on Saturday, taking one more look at the Brontosaurus, and thanking my Creator that I was not around to smell that.
And then, dinosaures are not men. We can manufacture oxygen generators and other “oxygen farms”. By their logic a man managed submarine would not be workable.
Demoralist green leftists want to destroy all that. THey live in the tank of government restricted budget paranoia and of crime by incarceration murder and “hunger games” mindset.
Murder to power. End justifying the means.
The algoresaurus if the chief culprit.
Undoubtedly this argument will be used to buttress the current argument for AGW. One giant pseudo-scientific circle-jerk.
Sauropods like African elephants must have been pretty thin on the ground. Their ability to strip an area of vegetation is well known. So how many animals could a given area support. Answer — not many.
That picture looks like Al just generated a little methane, and is pretty proud of it.