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    Table 9a is intended to provide a rough estimate of the total weight of extinct prehistoric adult male and female reptiles, except dinosaurs, that may have been on the ark. In making this estimate, maximum possible weight is not the criteria but the possibility of a certain weight meeting the biblical criteria and what is observable. The biblical criteria for loading the animals on the ark is two of every kind of living animal, male and female, and seven of every kind of living clean animal, male and female. The use of kind here most likely does not agree with the poorly defined term species. Micro evolution (variation within a kind) takes place all the time and it is unlikely that God would consider these variants as different kinds of living flesh. For this reason, Table 9a is based not on species but on genera, the grouping one step above species. Of course genera might not be the correct criteria either.

    Another important factor is extinctions that may have occurred prior to the flood. Noah is told to bring two of every living thing of all flesh into the ark. Based on what we experience today with overhunting, there is a high probability that there were many extinctions before the flood. If a kind had become extinct before the flood, it does not fall under the definition of living flesh and would be absent from the ark. No attempt has been made here to exclude any extinctions.

    The number of prehistoric extinct reptile genera, except marine reptiles and dinosaurs, estimated is 384 genera based on information from Wikipedia. The total weight of these genera was then roughly estimated and from this estimate an overall average weight calculated.

    Prehistoric marine reptiles are not included in the number of genera above and calculations as the survival of these marine species in a flood probably would not require an ark.
 
    Estimates are based on as large of sampling as practical using primarily Wikipedia online resources. As adult reptile weights for a particular genus can vary considerably depending on age, sex, and other factors, averaging became the preferred method. Rough average adult weights were calculated for each sample genus in a group (i.e. order, suborder, or family). Then these rough average adult weights were averaged for the group. This group average then was multiplied times the number of genera in the group times two to give a total weight for male and female couples in the group. All total weights for the groups were then added together to give the total weight of the female and male adult reptiles. The rough overall average weight per reptile was then determined by dividing the latter total weight first by two and then by total number of reptile genera, excluding marine reptiles.
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1 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captorhinidae
2 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acrodenta
3 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baeotherates
4 http://www.prehistoric-wildlife.com/species/c/captorhinus.html
5 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concordia_(genus)
6 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protocaptorhinus
7 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reiszorhinus
8 http://www.prehistoric-wildlife.com/species/r/rhynchosaurus.html
9 http://www.prehistoric-wildlife.com/species/r/romeria.html
10 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saurorictus
11 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protorothyrididae
12 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthracodromeus
13 http://www.prehistoric-wildlife.com/species/a/anthracodromeus.html
14 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cephalerpeton
15 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petrolacosaurus
16 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hylonomus
17 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hylonomus
18 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareiasaur
19 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elginia
20 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanoparia
21 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunostegos
22 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labidosaurus
23 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Provelosaurus
24 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deltavjatia
25 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bradysaurus
26 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scutosaurus
27 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareiasaurus
28 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthodon_(reptile)
29 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Procolophonidae
30 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypsognathus
31 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millerettidae
32 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milleretta
33 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolosauridae
34 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belebey_(genus)
35 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolosaurus
36 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meiolaniidae
37 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meiolania
38 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninjemys
39 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trionychidae
40 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palaeotrionyx
41 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proganochelys
42 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleurosternidae
43 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleurosternon
44 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tortoise
45 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megalochelys_atlas
46 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tortoise
47 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadrianus_(genus)
48 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hesperotestudo
49 http://whiteriver.weebly.com/tortoises.html
50 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Araeoscelidia
51 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Araeoscelidia
52 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petrolacosaurus
53 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Araeoscelidia
54 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spinoaequalis
55 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Araeoscelidia
56 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Araeoscelis
57 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avicephala
58 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protoavis
59 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longisquama
60 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coelurosauravus
61 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vallesaurus
62 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Youngina
63 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypuronector
64 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhynchocephalia
65 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gephyrosaurus
66 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diphydontosaurus
67 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planocephalosaurus
68 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homoeosaurus
69 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brachyrhinodon
70 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clevosaurus
71 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kallimodon
72 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sapheosaurus
73 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opisthias
74 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxolophosaurus
75 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhynchocephalia
76 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eilenodon
 
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