The science and stories behind fossils constitutes the passion and life-long interest of Wisconsin native David Daniels.
"Doing this is a true passion of mine, so I'm always excited," Daniels told Newsline 9 after a fossil presentation in Wausau.
Daniels is the driving force behind the non-profit organization Colossal Fossils. It's a group bringing ancient bones to central Wisconsin for people to learn about, through experience.
Initially a childhood hobby, Daniels recalls finding a collection of fossils stored away that sparked an idea about two years ago.
"I brushed it off and opened it up and I saw all these fascinating shells and bones and I though it should be shared with the world," Daniels recounts.
And that's exactly what he's done.
This past weekend alone, Colossal Fossils has had presentations at the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County's Science Idols Conference for children, and Primrose Retirement Community in Wausau.
"You know it's one thing to explain it to someone, but it's another for them to actually be able to touch and hold the item itself. It kind of puts everything together," Daniels said.
And while audiences marvel at Daniels' assortment of dinosaur bones, shark teeth and ancient bear skulls, he's hard at work behind the scenes to add to his collection.
Daniels says his next acquisition goal is a full-size saber tooth cat skeleton.
"This thing is over five feet tall, four feet long. It's the real deal," Daniels said smiling.
But until he brings in the funds needed to purchase the skeleton, he'll keep sharing his love of science the best way he knows how. Bringing his passion and incredible artifacts to groups across the region.
For more information on Colossal Fossils, follow this link here.