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SCIENCE EXPLAINS: Dinosaur Awesomeness!

Dinosaurs Altered the Earth Forever (With Their Butts)

Dinosaurs profoundly altered Earth in many ways. The most amusing example is that they likely caused global warming...with their farts. In 2012, British scientists calculated just how much methane would be released by the flatulent herbivores of the Mesozoic. Turns out, it's around 550 million tons. Whoa. That's a lot of rumblers. Indeed, it's enough to permanently alter atmospheric composition and lead to a worldwide warming effect. Well done, you unapologetic gas giants.

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