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Sauropod gas

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?

Andy Farke

The Torosaurus Home Page

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