Recent studies are revealing that dinosaurs may have been responsible for their own demise due to their excessive farting. According to BBC News, scientists in the United Kingdom have reason to believe that the amount of gas the giant prehistoric animals were producing was enough to have played a serious role in changing the climate and, ultimately, to have led to their extinction.
Before you go pointing fingers at the meat-devouring (and hilariously tiny-armed) Tyrannosaurus Rex, scientists claim that sauropods-which happen to have been herbivores-were actually the biggest offenders of the bunch. The oversized plant eaters, including the apatosaurus, produced over 520 million tons of methane a year with their impressive farts.
Scientists were able to come to this conclusion by scaling up the amount of gas that cows currently produce: around 50-100 metric tons. David Wilkinson of Liverpool John Moore’s University explains, “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. In fact, our calculations suggest these dinosaurs may have produced more methane than all the modern sources, natural and human, put together.”
In other words, the rancid contributions from the humongous animals may have caused their own extinction.
Asteroid? More like ass-teroid.