Dinosaur Egg Detectives Cracking the Case
Part 2 - The French Connection

The first written account about prehistoric eggs appeared in France in 1859. A French priest and amateur geologist, Father John Jacques Pouech wrote that he discovered eggshell at the foothills of the Pyrenees in Southern France. It wasn't until 1930, that a farmer plowing his fields found the first complete French dinosaur eggs.


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Dr. Philip Currie examining
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authentic French egg

The first North American egg was found in northern Montana in 1913. However, it was misidentified as a freshwater clam until many years later when Dr. Jack Horner found it in a drawer in the Smithsonian Institute of Natural History in Washington, D.C. and identified it as a dinosaur egg. In 1978, with the help of local rock shop owners Marion and John Brandvold, Dr. Horner and his good friend, Biology Teacher, the late Bob Makela discovered the famous "Egg Mountain" nesting site in the Two Medicine Formation in northern Montana, a treasure trove of dinosaur eggs and baby bones. With this discovery, he paved the way for this new area of Paleontology.

Since this time, over two hundred dinosaur egg sites have been found all over the world. Individuals who are not degreed Paleontologists have made many of these discoveries. Father John Jacques Pouech, George Olson and the Brandvold's paved the way for many more who followed them. However, only with the help of experienced Paleontologists, is the true scientific importance of these discoveries realized.

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