temperatures

Climate Fluctuations Are Normal, and Ambient Temperatures on Earth Relatively Stable

The fall of the greatest set of species which have ever roamed the planet has indeed been blamed on all sorts of things; ice age, volcanoes, and even a giant asteroid smashing into the planet. One thing it hasn’t been blamed on is a warming period. Why you ask? Because generally in a warmer climate life thrives, and it is the cold eras you have to worry about. Dinosaurs did quite well on Earth during warming periods, that is to say they lived with abundance of everything they needed.One way to determine the temperatures back then is to examine fossil records for clues. Okay so, let’s discuss this for a moment shall we? You see, there was an interesting article not long ago, in the Science Section of the New York Times titled “Raising the Temperature on Cold-Blooded Dinosaurs” by Sindya N. Bhanoo (June 24, 2011). The article interestingly enough stated;

“By studying the chemical composition of dinosaur teeth, scientists have determined that some sauropods had body temperatures as warm as those of mammals.”

Okay so, now we are getting somewhere aren’t we? And here is a great piece of speculation too, from me that is, if the dinosaurs had similar body temperatures which had evolved with a similar atmospheric temperature, then the climate back then, and remember we are talking 500 million years ago, was similar to today. And thus, perhaps Global Climate Changes is all a bunch of sound and fury signifying a political agenda (nothing).

The article went on to state;

“Camarasaurus, a sauropod found in the United States, could reach a length of 66 feet and weigh up to 15 tons. The researchers estimated its body temperature to be about 96.3 degrees. Brachiosaurus, 75 feet and 40 tons, was even warmer, about 100.8 degrees. Human temperature is about 98.6 degrees.”

Now then, what happened to the dinosaurs then? Well, maybe one of those species evolved to be humans, as it shrunk in size over time, into a tree shrew, and then back up the evolutionary ladder to an upright walking primate, to homo sapiens? Why do I assume that dinosaurs lived in a warming period? Well, because it would take far too much energy to heat up a body that large, thus their teeth temperature was similar to the ambient temperature of the time.

So chances are the temperatures were similar to today’s temperatures, perhaps even a tad bit warmer. Climate fluctuations are normal, and ambient temperatures on Earth relatively stable, yes, since the dinosaur days. So, let’s not jump to conclusions on the global warming debate just yet. Please consider all this and think on it.