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News Item - Dino Flatulence did them in...
We're not making this up.
Friday, 28 July, 2000, 16:04 GMT 17:04 UK
Ill wind killed dinosaurs
Dinosaurs were not wiped out by a meteorite
or a planetary catastrophe but by a serious
flatulence problem, according to a Chinese
Dinosaur wind contained a high proportion of
methane gas - powerful enough to penetrate
the ozone layer, said the China Youth Daily
quoting a French scientist.
"The animals, weighing from 80 to 100 tonnes,
would eat on average between 130 and 260
kilos of food every day. They would fart
non-stop," said the traditionally austere paper.
During the dinosaurs' time on earth "the
atmosphere became charged with methane,
which finally damaged the ozone layer and
brought about great changes in the
vegetation," it added.
The changes caused a food shortage which
eventually wiped them out.
China Youth Daily did not identify the French
scientist behind the latest theory.