What Dinosaurs Eat

150 million years ago, plants with high nutritional value were grown.

Scientists measured the nutritional value of atmospheric conditions (similar to those found about 150 million years ago) by cultivating the edible plants of herbivorous dinosaurs. Previously, many scientists believed that the nutrients of plants grown in high carbon dioxide levels were low. However, Dr. The new experimental approach led by Fiona Gill at Leeds University showed that this was not true. The team brought forth plants such as tentacles and gods under high carbon dioxide levels, creating atmospheric conditions similar to those of the Sauropod dinosaurs, known as the greatest animal on earth.


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An artificial fermentation system similar to the existing structure was used to simulate the digestion of plant leaves in the marbles of sauropod dinosaurs. At this point, researchers could determine the nutritional value of plants. The study showed that many of the plants had much higher energy and nutrient levels than previously believed. This study showed that the huge herbivorous daily needs of eating were less due to the high energy. However, contrary to previous predictions, the ecosystem is thought to support more than 20% of dinosaur populations.


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DR. "Our results showed that the assumption that plants grow faster at higher CO2 levels and that nutrient values ​​decrease as they grow," Gill said, referring to the study. At that time, gigantic dinosaurs showed that they needed enormous amounts of energy for their big bodies. Even when the current food source has higher nutrient and energy levels, dinosaurs need to consume less food to provide enough energy. Our research does not give all dinosaurs nutritional forms, but a clearer understanding of how dinosaurs can help scientists understand how they are fed. The exciting thing about our approach to plant breeding in prehistoric atmospheric conditions is that it can be used to simulate the food of other ecosystems and giant herbivores, such as Miocene mammals, which are the ancestors of many modern mammals. "