Scientists tell us that the prehistoric world was pretty hot – but not in a good. The reason – at least in part dinosaur flatulence. That’s right, a study out of John Moores University found that dinosaurs produced more methane than cows do today. Sauropods, the vegetarian jumbos of the Age of Dinosaurs, lived in dense herds and likely produced copious amounts of methane gas as a result of their massive size and digestive processes, which helped keep temperatures warmer during the era in which they lived.
For those who didn’t major in Chemistry, methane is a greenhouse gas more than 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide in its potential to retain heat in the atmosphere.
Due to the number of Sauropods and their living conditions, it is estimated that their methane production was comparable to the total modern-day methane emissions of factories, livestock, and other industrial processes. By comparison, cows worldwide only produce about one-eighth as much methane now as the amount produced by Sauropods.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve never been as thankful for mass extinction as I am now that I know about this!