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      Actually, there is no way to determine what the total weight of dinosaurs, if any, were on the ark. Table 9b is intended to provide a rough estimate of the average weight of adult dinosaurs. This may not be the right criteria as the Bible does not state that the animals on the ark were adults, almost adults, adolescents, preadolescents, etc. Age may make a significant difference in weight especially with those animals that are said to keep growing all their lives.

     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 9b is based not on species but on genera, the grouping one step above species. Of course genera might not be the correct criteria either.

    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.

    In classifying dinosaurs, dimorphism and changes associated with aging could significantly inflate the number of genera but this possibility had to be neglected in this analysis due to lack of information. The estimated total number of dinosaur genera is roughly around 1000 based on the list of dinosaur genera in Wikipedia after excluding the dubious genera and junior synonyms. [1] Of these 1000 genera, weights for 736 genera have been estimated as indicated in this table. The rough estimate of the average weight of dinosaurs was then calculated by dividing the sum of the individual genera weights by 736.
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1 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aachenosaurus
2 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aardonyx
3 http://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/dino-directory/aardonyx.html
4 http://www.wikidino.com/?page_id=1497
5 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abelisaurus
6 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abrictosaurus
7 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abrosaurus
8 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abydosaurus
9 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acanthopholis
10 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achelousaurus
11 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acheroraptor
12 http://dinopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Acheroraptor
13 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achillesaurus
14 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achillobator
15 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acristavus
16 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acrocanthosaurus
17 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinosaur_size
18 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acrotholus
19 http://www.sci-news.com/paleontology/article01059.html
20 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adamantisaurus
21 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adasaurus
22 http://www.dinosaurjungle.com/dinosaur_species_adasaurus.php
23 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adelolophus
24 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adeopapposaurus
25 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinosaur_size
26 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aegyptosaurus
27 http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/dinosaurs/facts/Aegyptosaurus/
28 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aeolosaurus
29 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aepisaurus
30 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerosteon
31 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afrovenator
32 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agilisaurus
33 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinosaur_size
34 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agnosphitys
35 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agujaceratops
36 http://www.dinosaurfact.net/Cretaceous/Agujaceratops.php
37 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agustinia
38 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahshislepelta
39 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ajancingenia
40 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ajkaceratops
41 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alamosaurus
42 http://www.dinosaurjungle.com/dinosaur_species_alamosaurus.php
43 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaskacephale
44 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albalophosaurus
45 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albertaceratops
46 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albertadromeus
47 http://www.sci-news.com/paleontology/article01097-albertadromeus-syntarsus-dinosaur.html
48 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albertonykus
49 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albertosaurus
50 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-uncover-one-of-the-smallest-dinosaurs-ever-94521595/?no-ist
51 http://www.prehistoric-wildlife.com/species/a/alcovasaurus.html
52 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alectrosaurus
53 http://www.dinodictionary.com/dinos_a.asp
54 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aletopelta
55 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algoasaurus
56 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alioramus
57 http://www.dinodictionary.com/dinos_apg2.asp
58 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allosaurus
59 https://www.nps.gov/dino/learn/nature/allosaurus-fragilis.htm
60 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alnashetri
61 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alocodon
62 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altirhinus
63 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altispinax
64 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alvarezsauridae
65 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alwalkeria
66 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alxasaurus
67 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amargasaurus
68 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amargastegos
69 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amargatitanis
70 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazonsaurus
71 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ammosaurus
72 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ampelosaurus
73 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amphicoelias
74 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amtocephale
75 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amurosaurus
76 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amygdalodon
77 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anabisetia
78 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anasazisaurus
79 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anchiceratops
80 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anchiornis
81 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anchisaurus
82 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andesaurus
83 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andhrasaurus
Notes:
1. The list of dinosaur genera came from this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_dinosaur_genera . In some cases, species were added to the list to aide in weight estimates. Duplicate genera in bold indicate more than one reference used.
2. Nomen dubium is a scientific name that is of unknown or doubtful application. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nomen_dubium
3. Nomen nudum is a name proposed with no description (or illustration). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nomen_dubium 
4. Weight information was often lacking in references. 
a. Where an animal of comparable size was mentioned and a weight estimate was available for that animal, the weight estimate for the comparable animal was used as indicated by "a" in this table.
b. Where more than one weight is given in a reference, the lowest value was used as indicated by "b" in this table.
c. Where a maximum weight only was given, 75 percent of the maximum weight was used as indicated by "f" in this table.
d. When length but not weight information was available in the references, then weights of dinosaurs of the same approximate size in the same order, suborder or family were used as indicated by "g" in the table.