From Daily Beast: "Well, it’s a big bang of sorts. British scientists have a new theory about what killed the dinosaurs: flatulence. In a study, researchers found that the Jurassic beasts produced more than 530 million tons of methane gas a year—a byproduct of digestion. This amount, roughly the same amount of natural and man-made emissions in our society today, is enough to warm up the world. Who’s to blame? Probably those plant-eating sauropods, who ate about half a ton of ferns a day."
Of course, if you're a Booblical nut, this makes no sense, as dinosaurs and homo sapiens were created simultaneously during God's six-day marathon of fecundity, meaning that Adam and Eve walked among brontosauri. Cain and Abel rode pterodactyls. That sort of fantasy. The word, "Cambrian," means nothing to the believers. Noah must have had a fine time herding the stegasauri and tyranosauri into the Ark.
Perhaps it was Adam and Eve that had some major flatulence problems - a result of eating forbidden fruit....
I hope Noah hadn't invented fire by that point...!?!
Could Cain have killed Abel because Abel had a bigger and faster pterodactyls?
pterodactyls = penis??????
So the bible's story can be boiled down to penis envy? ;)
Pterosaurs, flying dinosaurs.
Pterosaurs aren't a subset of Dinosauria though...
I stand corrected.
No, it was because Abel's pterosaur flew higher and Cain was jealous because of the probability his brother would see God sooner than he.
Hard to say. When I was a microbiology grad student, one of our projectes was to get a gigantic inverted funnel, wade into stagnant shallow waters, stir up the much so that that gasses would enter the inverted funnel. We would then light the gasses as they came out of the small end, sending a plume of fire into the sky. I imagine the dinosaurs were in similar swampy areas. At least some of them. If so, then the gases could have been produced in the muck as leaves fell into the swamps.
Then again, I read somewhere that in New Zealand they are trying to find ways to make sheep belch and fart less, due to the same climate change issue with methane. Just using big stoppers wont work - not comfortable for the sheep. Given the amount of cattle and other ruminants in the world, maybe that's as big a problem now as it was for the dinosaurs?
Talk about terminal flatulence! lol!