Tucked away in an upstairs laboratory complete with microscopes, bottles of acid, twists of tubing, and bubbling beakers, fossil dealer and paleontological technician Terry Manning teases out the mystery of what's inside dinosaur eggs.
Keenly interested in fossils as a child in Plymouth, England, Manning later traveled throughout Britain collecting minerals and fossils, then selling them to cover his expenses. In 1978 I set up my own shop, Rock Art, he explains. I began making bowls and goblets from several kinds of stone. Two years later the City of London Squadron commissioned me to produce a presentation piece for the Queen Mother's 80th birthday.
In 1988 I visited the Academy of Sciences in Moscow, where there were many dinosaur eggs on display but with no species names for the parents. This experience made me decide to search for embryos and hatch the ideal scenario for finding them, he says.