Did someone just…Cell Press lifts embargo on farting dinosaurs paper after early coverage
Cell Press has lifted the embargo early on a Current Biology study of whether dinosaur flatulence — oh, let’s just say it, dino farts — may have led to prehistoric global warming, following coverage over the weekend. The top of a press alert sent out this morning:
The following press release is no longer under embargo due to an embargo break. It is publishing in the May 8th issue of the journal Current Biology
Gaseous Emissions from Dinosaurs May Have Warmed Prehistoric Earth
-Sauropod dinosaurs could in principle have produced enough of the greenhouse gas methane to warm the climate many millions of years ago, at a time when the Earth was warm and wet. That’s according to calculations reported in the May 8th issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication.
To view the full press release visit: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-05/cp-gef050112.php
The original embargo was noon Eastern today. It looks as though Jonathan Leake of the Sunday Times was
first on the story sometime over the weekend, which may not surprise Embargo Watch readers. Leake, who has never agreed to any embargoes and therefore isn’t actually breaking one, has done this several times. [See update at end about who was first.]
Don’t miss the coverage of the study. Some writers used restraint, while others decided to tell it like it was. “Dinosaur Farts Caused Jurassic Global Warming,” proclaimed Gizmodo. “Never Stand Behind a Dinosaur,” recommended Climate Central.
Yep, it’s a real gas.
Update, 8 p.m. Eastern, 5/7/12: Leake emails to say that his story only ran after he saw one on Pieuvre.ca, which went live on May 4. Another reminder for Embargo Watch to check those emissions of hot air.