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While reading the recent discussion of sauropod behavior, an odd idea
came to my head.
Could sauropod farts have affected Mesozoic climate? How about sauropod
belches? All that low-grade plant food must have resulted in lots of
methane (especially when dealing with the "fermentation vat" stomachs
that Bakker proposed). Is passing gas a strictly mammalian thing? Do
birds do it?
This idea stems in part from the proposal that cattle contribute to
global warming. Dinosaurs were probably just as numerous, and passed as
much, if not more gas.
Any thoughts on this?
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