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Old 06-25-2011, 07:06 PM  
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Two by two: A real-life Noah?s Ark
By Mike Krumboltz
An hour outside of Amsterdam in Dordrecht, Netherlands, a ship is under construction. But this ain't your typical sailboat, bub. Johan Huibers is building a full-scale replica of Noah's ark.
Yes, that Noah's ark. And Johan, an expert builder, isn't skimping on the details. The ship, which he's been constructing for the past three years, is built to biblical specs. Johan culled information on the ark's size and shape directly from the good book. In the end, the ship is four stories high and the length of a football field. And yes, it's seaworthy.
The result is an incredibly impressive ship, especially considering it was realized simply by a man with a dream--or, perhaps, a nightmare. According to an interview with NBC's "The Today Show," Johan dreamt that Holland suffered a great flood. The next morning, he woke up determined to start preparing for that worst-case scenario.
The ship, which is not to be confused with the theme park in Kentucky that also honors Noah's ark, is generating a lot of interest in the search box. Over the past 24 hours, online lookups for "noah's ark photos" and "noah's ark real ship" have surged.
As for the craft proper, it's not complete yet, but it's getting close. The master plan is to sail the ship up the Thames in time for the London Olympics next year. Expect to see plenty of life-size plastic animals aboard (two of each type, of course).
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1. Biggest Sauropod: Argentinosaurus

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Although paleontologists claim to have found bigger dinosaurs, Argentinosaurus is the biggest sauropod whose size has been backed up by convincing evidence. This gigantic plant-muncher (named after Argentina, where its remains were found) measured about 120 feet from head to tail and may have weighed over 100 tons. Just one vertebra of Argentinosaurus is over four feet thick! (Other, less-well-attested contenders for the "biggest sauropod" title include Futalognkosaurus, Bruhathkayosaurus and Amphicoelias.) More about Argentinosaurus

2. Biggest Sauropod (tie): Sauroposeidon

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Named after Poseidon, the Greek god of the ocean, Sauroposeidon was once thought to be the biggest dinosaur of all time, but paleontologists have since concluded that it was slightly lighter than Argentinosaurus, "only" about 50 or 60 tons. However, Sauroposeidon was almost certainly the tallest sauropod ever to roam the earth; its neck alone was almost 40 feet long! More about Sauroposeidon

3. Biggest Carnivore: Spinosaurus

Nobu Tamura
You probably thought the winner in this category would be T. Rex, but it's now believed that Spinosaurus (which had a huge, crocodile-like mouth and a sail of skin jutting up from its back) was slightly heavier, weighing in at 7 or 8 tons. It's possible that this dinosaur's famous sail evolved as a way of increasing its skin area, and hence allowing it to cool down faster--yet more evidence that Spinosaurus was the king of the meat-eaters. More about Spinosaurus

4. Biggest Pterosaur: Quetzalcoatlus

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Just as Sauroposeidon is named after the Greek god of the ocean, Quetzalcoatlus is named after the winged Aztec god Quetzalcoatl. This gigantic pterosaur had a wingspan of up to 45 feet, making it the largest creature ever to fly, modern eagles included. That is, if Quetzalcoatlus really did fly: new research hints that this giant pterosaur may have led a completely landbound existence. More about Quetzalcoatlus

5. Biggest Pliosaur: Liopleurodon

Adam Stuart Smith
With its long, thick, tooth-studded jaws, bulky body, and massive flippers, this pliosaur looked a bit like a cross between an orca and a shark. Paleontologists believe Liopleurodon attained lengths of 40 to 50 feet, and may have weighed 20 to 30 tons, about the dimensions of an adult sperm whale. If this doesn't sound impressive, keep in mind that the biggest great white sharks weigh about 3 tons, max. More about Liopleurodon

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The 10 Biggest Dinosaurs - The Largest Dinosaurs, Pterosaurs and Plesiosaurs
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I was pretty impressed by the carpentry till I noticed it sits on a barge. wait till he tries to import some skunks, Tasmanian devils and a few foul tempered chiuahuas...........

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Figure 1. Sauroposeidon proteles, eighth cervical vertebra (top) and posterior portion of seventh cervical (bottom). Mike Taylor (left) and Matt Wedel (right) for scale.
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I was pretty impressed by the carpentry till I noticed it sits on a barge. wait till he tries to import some skunks, Tasmanian devils and a few foul tempered chiuahuas...........
Chihuahuas, sir, are bred by highly qualified Mexican breeders who take great pride in finding the FINEST examples of "los ratones" spiecies to breed with the best and most daringly agressive of pirahnas, sometimes taking years to refine.
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little Chupacabras with papers IMO.
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