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Farm vehicles are now heavier than most dinosaurs – here’s why that’s a problem

By Jess Davies, Chair Professor in Sustainability, Lancaster University
John Quinton, Professor of Soil Science, Lancaster University
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What does a modern combine harvester and a Diplodocus have in common? One answer, it seems, may be their big footprints on the soil. A new study led by researchers from Sweden and Switzerland has found that the weight of farming machinery today is approaching that of the largest animals to have ever roamed the Earth – the sauropods.

Depicted as the giant, friendly “veggiesaurus” in the movie Jurassic Park, sauropods were the biggest of the dinosaurs. The heaviest were thought to weigh in at around…The Conversation


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