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Re: did dinos get drunk?



I have an unusual question about dinosaur fermenting their food. I
wonder if it was possible for dinos to get drunk off their fermenting
food?

"Fermentation" is a cover term for a vast diversity of processes that have only one thing in common, and that's a negative: they start with food alone, rather than with an electron donor (food) and an electron acceptor (oxygen, nitrate, sulfate, whatever). Only two of these hundreds or thousands of chemical pathways produce ethanol.


Lactic-acid fermentation is something you do yourself: you take glucose and (in the end) just hack it apart into two molecules of lactic acid, no ethanol involved.