A dispute between French palaeontologist, Dr Jean Le Loeuff, and the authorities of Esperaza came close to closing one of southern France's most popular attractions. The Musee de Dinosaures was set up by Dr Le Loeuff and his team to display the fossilised remains of dinosaurs they had discovered in the Pyrenean foothills. After just two years the museum was the second most popular attraction in the area drawing over a thousand visitors each week. However, when Dr Le Loeuff found out that the council was holding back money generated by visitors to the museum, instead of putting the money ito research, he removed all the dinosaur specimens forcing the museum to close. Consequently the numbers of visitors to the whole area dropped dramatically. Luckily the dispute has now been solved. The money will go towards research to find out what caused the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.