Sauropod dinosaurs could have produced enough of the greenhouse gas methane to warm the climate 150 million years ago, at a time when the earth was warm and wet. Does this mean, now that humans rule the planet, we should avoid eating beans?
Science Daily quotes researcher Dave Wilkinson as saying, "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. Indeed, our calculations suggest that these dinosaurs could have produced more methane than all modern sources--both natural and man-made--put together (but) clearly, trying to estimate this for animals that are unlike anything living has to be a bit of an educated guess."
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