Monday, May 7, 2012

Before Nuclear Power There Was Wind Energy!

Apatosaurus, formerly known as Brontosaurus, produced a lot of wind 

Oh this story from BBC Nature was just too darn good not to pass (pardon the pun) along.

Giant dinosaurs could have warmed the planet with their flatulence, say researchers.
British scientists have calculated the methane output of sauropods, including the species known as Brontosaurus.
By scaling up the digestive wind of cows, they estimate that the population of dinosaurs - as a whole - produced 520 million tonnes of gas annually.
They suggest the gas could have been a key factor in the warm climate 150 million years ago.

Get the full story here: Dinosaur gases 'warmed the earth'.


  1. I read about this. Isn't it bizarre? But the thing is, that methane's still hiding somewhere. Nothing goes away. And we're warming the Earth to the point that all that methane will all come back into the atmosphere at some point. Double-whammy. Farts and oil.

  2. Perhaps they should install a windmill turbine inside the dome of the Capitol?

  3. Keith - What about our body heat? You know how a crowd of people can heat up the room, the increase in population must be adding some heat as well.

    Ish - Great idea, should produce enough power for all of us.