Idahobut, AL -- Paleontologists recently discovered an early form of Short Wave Listener, completely frozen and perfectly preserved, still wearing pre-Devonian headphones and huddled against its Zenith Trans-Oceanic portable receiver at the base of the Kneitel Glacier. Suppressing their first impulse to thaw out the creature and see if it tasted like wooly mammoth meat, the scientists surrendered to their second impulse and thawed out the creature to ask what was so great about its ancient hobby. Big mistake. The little swirly-whirly wouldn't shut up. QSL cards, SINPO code, reception reports, Pirate Pangea daytimers, blah blah blah, no wonder they pitched it into a skillet toot sweet and swore it tasted less like mammoth and more like shrimp.

Also perfectly preserved by the glacier was the primitive mollusc's Registered Short Wave Monitor Certificate, apparently the first issued to an Alaskan cephalopod by fiery upstart Popular Electronics magazine, as evidenced by the fossil's coveted WPEKL7A callsign.

"We believe this lonely ammonite did not play well with others," explained one of the paleontologists as he tidied up around a campsite littered with the remains of dinosaur huevos rancheros and pterodactyl hot wings. "Librarians aside, Short Wave Radio must have been its only friend -- a warm, cozy, window on life in many lands, through which greetings might come from jovial, pleasantly-accented Merry DX Mailbag readers and their cheerful sidekicks."

Upon further examination, the vintage Zenith portable's built-in log book revealed the full extent of the little shack potato's kilocycle-by-kilocycle search for New Ones in a world with so few international broadcasters they could be counted on the fingers of one hand, or suckers on one tentacle, as the case might be.

2128 GMT: Same old Radio Moscow East Gondwanaland Service...

2205 GMT: Same old Radio Moscow West Gondawanaland Service...

2347 GMT: Same old Radio Moscow Euramerica Service blotting out Ketchikan Police Calls...

While mass extinctions are typically related to volcanic cataclysms and asteroid impacts, this evidence points to lack of numbers stations as the most probable cause of this individual's sudden decline.