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Eiffel Tower in Pictures

The Eiffel Tower (French: La Tour Eiffel) also called by its nickname (La dame de fer, the iron lady) is a “puddle iron lattice tower” in Paris. This historic structure was Built in 1889. It has since become both a global icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tower is the tallest building in Paris and the most-visited paid monument in the world; millions of people ascend it every year. Named after its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, the tower was built as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair.

Eiffel Tower 1878
Eiffel Tower 1878 during construction

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Largest Fossil Spider Discovered

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Scientists in China, Inner Mongolia found a new spider fossil, this new species called Nephila jurassica, a 165 million-year-old golden orb weaver whose legs spanned an astonishing 15cm – setting the new world record for the Largest Fossil Spider.
The previous record was a Guinness world record for the oldest fossil spider trapped in amber has been dated at 125-135 million years old. It is from the family linyphiidae, and was discovered in Lebanon and analysed by David Penney and Paul Selden (both from University of Manchester, UK).