A two inch long Plesiosaur tooth from Plesiosaurus mauritanicus.  This tooth was collected from the phosphate mines near Khourigba, Morocco which yield abundant fossils of Creteceous  marine reptiles.  

Plesiosaurs where long-necked marine reptiles with four flippers that appeared in the Triassic and died out along with the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period. They reached quite larges sizes, some species as long at 17 meters, and caught slow moving prey. Plesiosaurs breathed air, and bore live young; there are indications that they were warm-blooded.  

One of many new authentic fossil specimens added to FossilEra.com today.  We have a Priority Mail Express shipping promotion so there is still time to get fossils in time for Christmas.

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Cardoons are a fantasy dragon of a vegetable: what celery would look like if it went through the Looking Glass and ended up in Game of Thrones. Standing in a field in Devon, a few steps from Riverford Farm’s HQ, the plumes of spiky silvery-green leaves shimmering in the spring sunshine, it isn’t hard to see why they were beloved of florists and gardeners.

Guy Watson is hoping to get us eating these plant-beasts. After all, the Italians love cardoons for their artichoke-like flavour, as do the north Africans and (to a lesser extent) the French.

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The infamous scene where Marlene Dietrich kisses another woman - which was added to the script at Dietrich’s suggestion - was saved from being cut by the censors by Dietrich herself. She came up with the idea of taking a flower from the woman before kissing her and then giving the flower to Gary Cooper, explaining that if the censors cut the kiss the appearance of the flower would make no sense. 

This was not the only thing that was controversial at the time of release (1930). She also wore a tuxedo designed for a man in this scene.