As Maxime Lasseron carefully digs into the earth in southwestern France, he is naturally hopeful that he will turn up something noteworthy. Little does the graduate student suspect, though, that he is about to find something huge – quite literally. In fact, what Lasseron uncovers during this paleontological excavation will become the biggest discovery ever in this fossil-rich region of Europe – and it’s enough to bring him and his colleagues to his knees.
Lasseron isn’t the only one to have wondered what lies in Angeac-Charente, though. Indeed, paleontologists have long flocked to the region – and not for the cognac vineyards that have made the area famous. At one time, you see, a river surrounded by towering coniferous trees snaked through the commune. And way back when, the locale also teemed with prehistoric life: reptiles, amphibians, fish and, most impressively of all, dinosaurs.