Jim Collins - paleontologist & archeologist is "Illinois Jones"

Published at 6:15 p.m. on January 4, 2014

Jim Collins first became interested in archeology and paleontology at the age of five, when he first saw the original "King Kong" movie. His love of those studies has continued to the present, despite him changing job fields along the way. But on almost any weekend, you'll find him fossil hunting in Illinois or Missouri.

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