Did dinosaurs die from a prolonged “pull my finger” period?

posted at 12:01 pm on May 7, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Who knew dinosaurs all had an Uncle Frank?  You know, the relative who always convinces the little kids to pull his finger, and, er … hilarity ensues.  That, however, is  the latest theory explaining the sudden extinction of the dinosaurs — global warming through flatulence (via Doug Mataconis and Poor Richard’s News):

Dinosaurs may be partly to blame for a change in climate because they created so much flatulence, according to leading scientists.

Professor Graeme Ruxton of St Andrews University, Scotland, said the giant animals spent 150 years emitting the potent global warming gas, methane.

Large plant-eating sauropods would have been the main culprits because of the huge amounts of greenery they consumed.

The team calculated the animals would have collectively produced more than 520m tons of methane a year – more than all today’s modern sources put together.

It is thought these huge amounts could easily have been enough to warm the planet.

I’m going to call shenanigans on this one.  Scientists — well, real scientists, anyway — don’t measure dinosaur activity over a 150-year period.  They measure time in eons.  It’s nearly impossible to pinpoint timing such as this through ages past.  The species that would have produced this methane would have done so for tens or hundreds of thousands of years, not just for a period of time that just coincidentally matches that of widespread industrialization in the West.

Besides, the most well-accepted theories of dinosaur extinction don’t involve climate warming.  It’s generally accepted that catastrophic and sudden cooling caused the extinction of dinosaurs and other animal and plant life of that era.  While some AGW hypotheses argue that global warming can eventually produce an ice age, a much more likely culprit would be a large meteor impact or a super-volcano eruption, both of which would produce an environment akin to a nuclear winter, lasting perhaps decades. Yellowstone is one potential supervolcano, as the Discovery Channel notes, and Lake Toba is the site of another that actually produced a prolonged cooling impact on the planet around 74,000 years ago.

This looks like a silly attempt to push the global-warming agenda and garner a little attention.  Mission accomplished, but it sounds more like gassing on than a serious approach to either paleontology or climatology.

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I love demotivational posters. If you don’t watch it you can waste a whole afternoon there.

Browncoatone on May 7, 2012 at 12:04 PM

The dinosaurs were doing this for tens of millions of years without catastrophe, half the Jurassic and the whole Cretaceous period. Why did it suddenly come to a head right at the end of the Cretaceous?

Steven Den Beste on May 7, 2012 at 12:04 PM

The Fart That Destroyed the World

Bitter Clinger on May 7, 2012 at 12:05 PM

What an incredible smell you’ve discovered.

Lily on May 7, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Just out of curiosity, would anything even happen if you pulled Vader’s finger? It’s robotic and his body ain’t exactly operating like a normal person’s after what he went through.

Random thought over. Back to relevant topic discussion.

Doughboy on May 7, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Well these nuts have blamed everything else for the dinosaurs death?

Sorry, it is really getting hard to take some of these serious with some of what they come up with!
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letget on May 7, 2012 at 12:07 PM

The world is only 6,000 years old people. This is ALL bunk. 74,000 years ago?! Pfffhhht.

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Boomer_Sooner on May 7, 2012 at 12:08 PM

I heard that Global Warming was caused by the name of a certain web site, which spewed out greenhouse gases for 150 straight days, causing the polar bears to drown and a bunch of brown people to rush inland with baskets on their heads.

Zombie on May 7, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Did you say supernovae?

A large impact event may have done in the dinosaurs, but other, larger dies offs in Earth’s history may be due to the extraordinary theory discussed in the above link. It ties with with cosmic rays potentially being a major driver of our climate.

Meanwhile, back at the Hall of Injustice, the brainiacs continue to sit around and smell each other’s farts and call them great works by great bizarros.

NotCoach on May 7, 2012 at 12:11 PM

OK, so Globull Warming advocates tried to jump the shark… and landed right square in “Jaws” wide open gaping teeth filled mouth.

SWalker on May 7, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Just when you thought climate science couldn’t get any dumber, THIS.

Axion on May 7, 2012 at 12:13 PM

The dinosaurs were doing this for tens of millions of years without catastrophe, half the Jurassic and the whole Cretaceous period. Why did it suddenly come to a head right at the end of the Cretaceous?

Steven Den Beste on May 7, 2012 at 12:04 PM

They were naturally attuned to the environment and planted a lot of trees to offset their flatulence, but then greedy fat cat dinosaurs started clearing forests to get at the tar pits.

NotCoach on May 7, 2012 at 12:14 PM

The team calculated the animals would have collectively produced more than 520m tons of methane a year – more than all today’s modern sources put together.

Hmmm…so where did the CO2 emitted as farts come from? I’m guessing the plants. Where did the plants get it from? I’m guessing the atmosphere.

I suppose one could postulate a theory that plants did not grow. Instead, they just existed at the start of time and the dinos ate them, releasing the CO2 into the atmosphere creating runaway global warming, just like on Venus.

One thing wrong with my theory. The earth is not like Venus, so give me a few million in government grants and I’ll come up with a reason why.

BobMbx on May 7, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Here’s a good question:

Of all the animals on the planet today, how many of them create flatulence?

Answer: All of them !!

Axion on May 7, 2012 at 12:15 PM

I have been at a few poker games where farts (after some beer, bean dip, and other snacks) have been known to clear a room.

But these dinosaur farts seem downright epic!

Mr. Joe on May 7, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Eureka! I have the answer.

A giant bubble of CO2 was floating through space and landed on Earth.

BobMbx on May 7, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Axion, the biomass of planet earth is probably roughly the same now as it was then. Different species, but all of them pooting.

Mr. Joe on May 7, 2012 at 12:20 PM

It must be nice to work in a “science” where you can write papers that can’t be proved or disproved and people pay you to do it. Sure beats working for a living.

Socratease on May 7, 2012 at 12:20 PM

St Andrews University, Scotland, Graeme Ruxton, professor of Dino fartology.

Part time clown.

Axion on May 7, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Morons…

PatriotRider on May 7, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Here’s my jnova comment on CO2:

“If CO2 is having an impact … it’s impossible to say what it is.”

Exactly. There is a lot of evidence that the leftist environmentalists contrived a problem to which the solution was ‘coincidentally’ precisely what they have been pining for for decades: de-industrialization! But, it turns out (surprise), there is NO empirical evidence that CO2 effects temps on a climate level. None. At best we have an ambiguous controversial arguable theoretical model.
Fact is, the only solid evidence there is shows that CO2 rises and falls as a result of temperature change, not that it causes temp change. See algor repeat the key ipcc deception (well, other than the hockey stick!) in this 3.5 minute, share-worthy video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK_WyvfcJyg

Plus, from my previous comment:
[MIT Professor] Lindzen says: “Claims… that man’s activity have contributed to warming are trivially true but essentially meaningless.”
Piers Corbyn, in a comment, takes it further: “Observational evidence gives the possibility that the net effect of CO2 increases on World temperatures may not be ‘only trivial’ but in fact miniscule, zero, or even negative due to errors in some of the science some claim or – I would suggest – hitherto not understood feed-back and competing processes…”

anotherJoe on May 7, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Here’s a good question:

Of all the animals on the planet today, how many of them create flatulence?

Answer: All of them !!

Axion on May 7, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Not Algore.

He discharges copious amounts of smug.

catmman on May 7, 2012 at 12:24 PM

One thing wrong with my theory. The earth is not like Venus, so give me a few million in government grants and I’ll come up with a reason why.

BobMbx on May 7, 2012 at 12:15 PM

If you could think of a way to up our atmospheric pressure by 92% and move our planet 30% closer to the sun, I think you might just be able to pull off a Venus like climate.

Oh, clouds of sulfuric gas. You need that too. Lots and lots of sulfuric gas.

Lily on May 7, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Is this all that liberal scientists do???…

PatriotRider on May 7, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Dino-farts???

BUNK!!

Everybody knows that Global Warming is caused by hair spray!!!

/sarc>

PS: Much of the earth’s core is methane. If the earth really wanted to let one loose, it could dwarf all of the aeons of din-farts in one rip!!!

The Global Warmists are quickly devolving into bad cartoon characters. They are about as clueless and luckless as the Road Runner’s cayote!

landlines on May 7, 2012 at 12:26 PM

The dinosaurs ate wayyyy too much arugula.

search4truth on May 7, 2012 at 12:27 PM

whew! somebody light a candle!

DanMan on May 7, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Large plant-eating sauropods would have been the main culprits because of the huge amounts of greenery they consumed.

Arugula sales hardest hit.

BacaDog on May 7, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Dino Bill Cody killed all the dinos.

faraway on May 7, 2012 at 12:30 PM

search4truth on May 7, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Dangit. Beat me to it!

BacaDog on May 7, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Um… wasn’t the earth FIRST warm and dry with loads of CO2 so giant plants could grow, thus creating an environment that things like dinosaurs could thrive, rather than dino’s themselves creating this climate?

What about all those greenhouse gases from the volcanoes? I’m betting one valcano would spew more gas in one day than the entire dino population in a year.

Scientists am stoopid!

Maxlugar on May 7, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Dinosaur farts. Great.

Explain why Mars is warming.

Rebar on May 7, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Just when you thoght that you had heard it all……

DinoGas (TM)

D-fusit on May 7, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Totally OT, If your eating lunch, don’t go to Drudge – Hillary Au-Naturale. Eye Bleach Eye Bleach

D-fusit on May 7, 2012 at 12:39 PM

We must remember, the ppl on the left are so dumbed down from their college edjumacation that they believe anything written by so called scientists.

angrymike on May 7, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Please tell me that this was peer-reviewed and is going to be published in Nature.

(Journal of Nature — Also know as: Climate Change Propaganda R Us)

Axion on May 7, 2012 at 12:43 PM

I think they’re pulling my leg.

The dinosaurs were doing this for tens of millions of years without catastrophe, half the Jurassic and the whole Cretaceous period. Why did it suddenly come to a head right at the end of the Cretaceous?

Steven Den Beste on May 7, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Yes, and over those millions of years, dino-afterburners evolved in their colons that rendered methane a harmless inert gas.

cartooner on May 7, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Large plant-eating sauropods would have been the main culprits because of the huge amounts of greenery they consumed.
The team calculated the animals would have collectively produced more than 520m tons of methane a year – more than all today’s modern sources put together.
It is thought these huge amounts could easily have been enough to warm the planet.

Wouldn’t the dinosaurs NEED a warm climate to produce the “huge amount of greenery they consumed”?

Today’s climate could not produce enough greenery to feed large dinosaurs–even elephants (which are much smaller than the largest plant-eating dinosaurs) can only find enough food in the tropics.

Yet today’s atmosphere contains about 1.7 ppm of methane, which would have a mass of about 3600 Gigatonnes, or about 7000 years’ worth of dinosaur farts at 520 million tonnes per year.

People seem to forget that our atmosphere is not trapped, but is held in place by gravity, if the molecular speed is less than escape velocity. At a given temperature, the molecular speed of a gas molecule is inversely proportional to the square root of molecular weight. Methane has a molecular weight of 16, as compared to 28 for nitrogen, 32 for oxygen, and 44 for carbon dioxide. Methane molecules produced near the Earth’s surface diffuse upward through the atmosphere, and with their higher speeds are more likely to escape into space than the more abundant nitrogen and oxygen molecules, where as the heavier, slower molecules of CO2 do not escape.

Even if the dinosaurs farted lots of methane, most of it would have escaped into space! Similarly, modern human (or bovine) methane emissions do not accumulate in the atmosphere, but escape into space.

Steve Z on May 7, 2012 at 12:55 PM

I doubt this is the case. Dinosaurs died out over a long period of time. As their populations declined, so would the “flatulence”. Those gasses would have been removed from the atmosphere pretty quickly.

It was something else. Most likely a combination of things. One interesting observation is that atmospheric pressure would have been about 5 times higher during the period of the flying dinosaurs than it is now. As atmospheric gasses were stripped away by solar activity and erosion, it became more and more difficult to pump blood to the heads of the largest dinosaurs so they became smaller until they had trouble competing with other small animals.

crosspatch on May 7, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Who knew the thread would be a yuckfest?

Too funny.

Cleombrotus on May 7, 2012 at 12:57 PM

The article in question is published in the current issue of Current Biology and is titled “Could methane produced by sauropod dinosaurs have helped drive Mesozoic climate warmth?” Nowhere in the article does it state or infer that this was the cause of extinction. The mesozoic warming period is well known and is generally considered to be a very productive period for life on our planet. Also the “150 year” figure seems to have emerged from thin air in the Daily Mail article. The authors of the Current Biology article do not mention this or any other length of time in their article. Their point was to provide a “proof-of-concept” argument that sauropods may have been emitting methane at levels similar to the modern era. If that is the case, and if it is assumed that methane has contributed to warming, then the same mechanism might contribute to mesozoic warming.

peterargus on May 7, 2012 at 12:59 PM

I love demotivational posters. If you don’t watch it you can waste a whole afternoon there.

Browncoatone on May 7, 2012 at 12:04 PM

I do and I have….lmao

BlaxPac on May 7, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Who knew dinosaurs all had an Uncle Frank?

I miss that man.

Ugly on May 7, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Haha,

Jokes on them. The Ananaki planted them fake dinosaur bones to fool us, the earth is only 6000 years old.

orbitalair on May 7, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Even if the dinosaurs farted lots of methane, most of it would have escaped into space! Similarly, modern human (or bovine) methane emissions do not accumulate in the atmosphere, but escape into space.

Steve Z on May 7, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Soooooooooo we are leaving a trail of fart gases as we travel thru the Cosmos????

no wonder aliens are avoiding us, ewwweeee…

orbitalair on May 7, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Ok I think I found a more likely problem with this paper. The authors calculate that there were 10 of these 20000 ton sauropods pere square kilometer and that these 10 animals produced 6.9 tons of methane per square km per year. They go onto estimate that they spread out over 75 million square km (this is half the earth’s landmass at the time which they state is a reasonable estimate of foragable land) at this density of 10 dinosaur/square km. The multiply 6.9 tons x 75,000,000 to get their estimate of 520 million tons of methane produced per year. With their calculations you can then estimate sauropod population, 10 x 520,000,000 = 5.2 billion sauropods each of which is 20,000 tons!

peterargus on May 7, 2012 at 1:11 PM

This story stinks.

BKeyser on May 7, 2012 at 1:11 PM

This is not related to either the environment or science. It is Environmental Marxism, and it has become ludicrous.

petefrt on May 7, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Isn’t this the same crap science (pun intended)from a century ago that “scientists” said would cause the planet to become engulfed in a fireball of highly explosive cow/horse manure generated methane…

Geez, these guys give real scientist a bad name….

powerpickle on May 7, 2012 at 1:16 PM

peterargus on May 7, 2012 at 1:11 PM

200 tons, but your point still stands. It is extremely unlikely there were ever anywhere near 5.2 billion sauropods on the Earth at one time.

And 200 tons is still gigantic. Elephants are only 11 tons.

NotCoach on May 7, 2012 at 1:18 PM

If you could think of a way to up our atmospheric pressure by 92% and move our planet 30% closer to the sun, I think you might just be able to pull off a Venus like climate.

Oh, clouds of sulfuric gas. You need that too. Lots and lots of sulfuric gas.

Lily on May 7, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Excellent point!

Venus receives about twice as much solar radiation as Earth, and has about the same gravity as Earth.

At Venus’ temperatures, nitrogen and oxygen (which do not absorb infrared light) escape from Venus’ atmosphere, whereas heavier carbon dioxide (44) and sulfur dioxide (64) do not escape.

The Moon, which receives about the same amount of sunlight as the Earth, does not have an atmosphere, because its gravity is too weak to hold gas molecules at its daylight temperature.

Mars has only slightly more gravity than the Moon, but it receives only about 40% as much sunlight as the Earth, so it can hold a thin atmosphere of heavier molecules at its colder temperature, mostly carbon dioxide.

Steve Z on May 7, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Does not pass the stink test…

hobbit on May 7, 2012 at 1:25 PM

And I thought Dinasours went extinct because they all died…

AverageJoe on May 7, 2012 at 1:27 PM

just a further corruption of science in service to the political globull warming agenda. If “scientists” are concerned about the public’s waning respect, they need look nowhere else but in the mirror to see who is to blame. Every study that says conservatives are knuckledraggers or that unctuous LLLiberals are smarter, or that corrupted programs that can’t predict anything OR match historic data can somehow prove mankind is responsible for global warming or that CO2 is a global warming agent and a poison – when we exhale it, plants NEED it, and the atmospheric partial pressure is 4/100ths of 1% – every such contrived “study” undermines SCIENCE itself.
Particularly the fraud that ‘consensus’ is any sort of science at all.

rayra on May 7, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Ed Morrissey, Allahpundit, and other Hot Air staff; NotCoach (who mentioned this above); and other Hot Air readers:

This is so interesting that I think and hope you may choose to do a main-page post on it, linking to here: Svensmark’s astrobiology climate change hypothesis keeps getting confirmed, on multiple timescales, and attempts to debunk it are continually being refuted.

I’ll leave it at that for now, but I strongly urge anyone interested in the science behind the Earth’s climate to read the above with an open mind and critical eye.

Mitchell Heisman on May 7, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Some believe Toba caused a human gene pool bottleneck and that we came close to extinction.

As for volcanic activity checkout the Siberian and Deccan Traps.

marinetbryant on May 7, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Furthermore, according to the fossil record, dinosaurs roamed the earth for 165 MILLION years. That doesn’t seem to indicate a gas problem, now does it?

Mssrs Ruxton and Wilkinson should be buried alive in bovine excrement, for publishing that pile of bovine excrement.

rayra on May 7, 2012 at 1:38 PM

It also, not incidentally, explains the fluctuations of Earth’s biodiversity and biomass, and how we humans exist in large measure because we’re currently (and temporarily!) in a Milky Way hospital zone of near-optimal conditions for biological productivity and thriving, with a temperature ideal for nutrient recycling (among other things).

Henrik Svensgard’s theory also explains Earth’s fluctuating oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, with photosynthesis being a major pleasure, but regulated by the stars (near-supernovae frequency).

Mitchell Heisman on May 7, 2012 at 1:41 PM

lol

With photosynthesis being a major player, although good luck doing anything pleasurable without oxygen or food, so either way works.

Mitchell Heisman on May 7, 2012 at 1:43 PM

As for volcanic activity checkout the Siberian and Deccan Traps.

marinetbryant on May 7, 2012 at 1:36 PM

These are important for recycling carbon that would otherwise be lost down the ocean vents, but the far bigger driver on long-term atmospheric CO2 levels is revealed in the work I just cited above, which includes where you can download Henrik Svensmark’s latest paper, published in the Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Mitchell Heisman on May 7, 2012 at 1:47 PM

*hospitable zone

Mitchell Heisman on May 7, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Taken from Caddyshack II… A funzanoon is someone who farts in the bathtub and pokes at the bubbles.

There are quite a few people out there with a certain mental disorder that would most definitely qualify as funzanoons.

Liberalism smells.

ahlaphus on May 7, 2012 at 1:48 PM

“Dinosaurs may be partly to blame for a change in climate because they created so much flatulence, according to leading scientists.”
…definitive proof that lunatic-leftist whoopie goldberg is a direct descendant of dinos.

TeaPartyNation on May 7, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Ed, if, by “catastrophic and sudden cooling”, you mean flooding until everything drowned, then yes. Otherwise, not so much.

The many completely intact skeletons unearthed around the world, the bones of most of which are positioned as they would be if surrounded by flesh, rather than flattened, proves that they were buried very rapidly, either while still alive, or while the corpse was in a state of preservation, not exposed to the elements. The proponents of an ice age as the destroyer of these animals have yet to explain this.

Freelancer on May 7, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Lily on May 7, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Steve Z on May 7, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Excellent points all, but I’ll still a cool million or two to confirm.

BobMbx on May 7, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Consensus!

Most scientists we talked with agree!

/”Science” in 2012

mankai on May 7, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Years and years of building Electronics Projects, including Ham Radios, FCC Class licenses obtained, model airlplanes, wire-controlled, RC and scale, flying lessons, studying Physics, Majoring in Physics, getting a B.S. in Engineering, designing and building major technological projects – and now, I see Science no LONGER requires knowledge, experience, or undertstanding. It’s about who scream the loudest about which of their unsubstantiated “pet theories” recieves more “acclaim” than the OTHER unsubstantiated “pet theories”. Science is no longer aobut undertanding of natural laws or mathematics – it is about which IDIOT is the loudest…….and it comes down to this:

IGNORANT IDIOTS SCREAMING at Other IGNORANT IDIOTS!!

Just depressing!

williamg on May 7, 2012 at 2:03 PM

The farting itself wasn’t a problem.

It’s when the dinos tried to light each other’s farts – now you’ve got problems.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on May 7, 2012 at 2:07 PM

These idiots are trying to come up with an answer to fit their theory. The real scientists like geologists, and paleontologists are probably laughing their azzes off. Go to Craters of the Moon in Idaho or all of eastern Montana, or the Dinosaur Discovery at St. George, Utah, if you want to see what changes occurred that did in the dinos.

Kissmygrits on May 7, 2012 at 2:08 PM

I’ve been waiting for the day when some scientist/politician proposes that we fuel our cars with our farts. Surely, it is possible even though it may mean a minor inconvenience of wearing an anal hose. But for Mother Earth we should be willing.

Charm on May 7, 2012 at 2:14 PM

So…dinosuars warmed the earth once with their methane.

Now they’re warming the earth again with the internal combustion engine.

It’s like they’re proto-republicans or something. They probably ate hate women, too.

TexasDan on May 7, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Large plant-eating sauropods would have been the main culprits because of the huge amounts of greenery they consumed.

Let this be lesson for my Vegetarian Friends…..

angrycodgr on May 7, 2012 at 2:29 PM

The gas is strong with this one.

backwoods conservative on May 7, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Uh, not one person interested in the answer to what drives Earth’s climate, biodiversity, total biomass, and both O2 and CO2 levels?

Mitchell Heisman on May 7, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Has “science” been this much of a joke before?

BL@KBIRD on May 7, 2012 at 2:53 PM

The Dinosaur Farts would be a good name for a rock band.

merlich on May 7, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Just in according to Barack Obama, its George Bush’s fault. George in a De lorean travelled back in time, stepped out of his time machine. Blew a Richter scale 9 fart, put up a “Mission Accomplished” banner. Stepplng back into the De Lorean, he was heard to utter, “Now, to Stonehenge, to knock down some stones.”

stormridercx4 on May 7, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Sorry. I ain’t givin’ up my broccoli no matter what the consequences!

Woody

woodcdi on May 7, 2012 at 3:18 PM

You give us enough grant money and we will make any research study say anything you want.

Signed: Scientific Community

sdbatboy on May 7, 2012 at 3:19 PM

http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2012/05/la-smog-more-cows-than-cars.ars

LA smog: more cows than cars?

That means that, contrary to expectations, traffic and dairy farms appear to be about equally responsible for a sizeable fraction of the haze over the Los Angeles region. Actually, it’s a little more complex than that—because the ammonia downwind of the dairies is much more concentrated, conditions favor greater NH4NO3 particle formation there. So, even for equal amounts of total ammonia, dairies will have an outsized impact on air quality.

pedestrian on May 7, 2012 at 3:23 PM

“This looks like a silly attempt to push the global-warming agenda and garner a little attention [for reseach funds].

burt on May 7, 2012 at 3:24 PM

The farting itself wasn’t a problem.

It’s when the dinos tried to light each other’s farts – now you’ve got problems.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on May 7, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Talk about your extinction events…whoo boy!

Everything was going fine with T-rex, Triceratops, Brontosaurus and the rest of the gang and SOMEBODY had to go and invent fire.

My theory is that only reason Homo Sapiens survived inventing fire is because they were smaller and ate less arugula.

Someone should do a study.

Lily on May 7, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Who knew the Chicxulub Crater was caused by gas, not a meteorite.

BigGator5 on May 7, 2012 at 3:47 PM

The real story here could be merely that the dinosaurs emitted some 520 million tons of methane per year for some 150 million years, and the Earth warmed as a result and became a dinosaur’s paradise of sorts, only to be destroyed by a meteor and volcanic eruptions. After all, would it not clear up matters greatly if we understood, as seems likely, that Pamela Owen, the writer of the article, wrote “150 years,” when she should have written “150 million years”? Nor does she do more than speculate, or pass along the speculation of Graeme Ruxton, regarding the ultimate extinction of the dinosaurs. I wish we had more of what he actually said, instead of what may be merely breathless writing by Owen.

Marsili.us on May 7, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Who knew the Chicxulub Crater was caused by gas, not a meteorite.

BigGator5 on May 7, 2012 at 3:47 PM

“Big Bang” theory linked to flatulence

BobMbx on May 7, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Has “science” been this much of a joke before?

BL@KBIRD on May 7, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Why YES! Yes it has, see Yahoo Serious as ‘Young Einstein’.
Don’t forget ‘Real Genius’ either.
And my current fav: Ancient Aliens.

“Dinosaur farts killed them off…what else COULD it BE? I think the answer is….YES.”
Giorgio A. Tsoukalos

PumaPunku is definitely strange, but why would aliens who travel in anti-gravity ships that fly thru the atmosphere need to land and then proceed to construct a ‘landing’ pad??? Thats just stupid. And why build it using the hardest stone found on the planet? You might neeed that however if you were building the foundation of an extremely heavy, extremely HOT, FACTORY on it.
Something that was refining ore, or generating lots of power.

I bet you it was a Bolo Mk XXXIII, planetary siege engine.

orbitalair on May 7, 2012 at 4:03 PM

*hospitable zone

Mitchell Heisman on May 7, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Thanks for the correction. I was afraid we were all going to have to be very, very quiet.

swinia sutki on May 7, 2012 at 4:23 PM

What a joke.

Anyone who has studied the fossil record knows that excessive carbon dioxide in the atmosphere RESULTS FROM global warming, not CAUSES global warming.

This is because as the Earth warms the oceans warm and as the oceans warm they release carbon dioxide.

The only thing any of this proves is that liberals are idiots.

mitchellvii on May 7, 2012 at 4:29 PM

This looks like a silly attempt to push the global-warming agenda and garner a little attention. Mission accomplished, but it sounds more like gassing on than a serious approach to either paleontology or climatology.

I agree. Last thing I read that made sense was the asteroid that hit the Yucatan Peninsula. Chicxulub

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/03/0307_030307_impactcrater.html

dogsoldier on May 7, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Geez… are there any REAL scientists out there anymore?

*pulls own finger*

Turtle317 on May 7, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Geez… are there any REAL scientists out there anymore?

*pulls own finger*

Turtle317 on May 7, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Yeah there are, but you don’t deserve them. You couldn’t even be bothered to read about the work of, or comment on, a real scientist.

Mitchell Heisman on May 7, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Science is no longer about undertanding of natural laws or mathematics – it is about which IDIOT is the loudest…….and it comes down to this:

IGNORANT IDIOTS SCREAMING at Other IGNORANT IDIOTS!!

Just depressing!

williamg on May 7, 2012 at 2:03 PM

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I gave up on most scientists (which is NOT the same thing as science) a long time ago.

listens2glenn on May 7, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Turtle317 on May 7, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Yeah there are, but you don’t deserve them. You couldn’t even be bothered to read about the work of, or comment on, a real scientist.

Mitchell Heisman on May 7, 2012 at 6:47 PM

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Not a chance, Mitchell’.

listens2glenn on May 7, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Large plant-eating sauropods would have been the main culprits because of the huge amounts of greenery they consumed.
The team calculated the animals would have collectively produced more than 520m tons of methane a year – more than all today’s modern sources put together.

This must have made the campfire scene from Blazing Saddles look pretty tame in comparison.

Hayabusa on May 8, 2012 at 3:15 AM

Huh, I didn’t know they had chili back then, who knew?!

insidiator on May 8, 2012 at 7:40 AM