Popular Science News | Dinosaur Farts Caused Global Warming

Scientists have estimated that dinosaurs produced 520 million tonnes of gas annually and this could have been one of the main reasons for global warming 120 million years ago. Methane, the gas produced, is the same gas produced by cows and it is by scaling up the output of cows that scientists have come to their estimate for dinosaur flatulence.

This “greenhouse gas” absorbs radiation from the sun and traps it in the Earth’s atmosphere in the same way as happens in a greenhouse. Just like there, temperatures rise way above normal and it is thought that the Earth was up to 10C (18F) warmer during that period.

Adding dinosaur output to that of other animals and plants leads scientists to believe that the environment 120 million years ago became much more harsh until the meteor strike induced demise of dinosaurs took with them their eco-unfriendly wind of change.

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