Scientist’s using educated mathematical calculations are indicating that the reason the climate was so warm during the Mesozoic era some 65 million to 250 million years ago is due to dinosaur farts.
The researchers have calculated that with the amount and size of the planting eating dinosaurs that could have released methane gas into the atmosphere when they farted, it was enough to cause a greenhouse effect that created a much warmer climate then we even have today.
“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,” researcher Dave Wilkinson of Liverpool John Moores University said in a statement.
“Indeed, our calculations suggest that these dinosaurs could have produced more methane than all modern sources – both natural and man-made – put together,” Wilkinson said.
The research and calculations led the scientist to believe the dinosaurs had released as much as 520 million tons of methane gas a year.
“To process that amount of vegetation they have to be relying on microbes in their digestive system,” Wilkinson told LiveScience. “But without a time machine you can’t be sure.”
“The thing about methane is it is an extremely potent greenhouse gas,” Wilkinson said. “If the levels were anywhere near where their calculations indicate, he said, it very well could have been one of many factors that made that era warmer and wetter than modern times.”