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Annals of the Former World The Day the Dinosaurs Died A young paleontologist may have discovered a record of the most significant event in the history of life on Earth. If you watched for an hour or two, the star would have seemed to grow in brightness, although it barely moved. Sixty hours later, the asteroid hit. The air in front was compressed and violently heated, and it blasted a hole through the atmosphere, generating a supersonic shock wave. In that moment, the Cretaceous period ended and the Paleogene period began. The result was a slow-motion, second-by-second false-color video of the event. Within two minutes of slamming into Earth, the asteroid, which was at least six miles wide, had gouged a crater about eighteen miles deep and lofted twenty-five trillion metric tons of debris into the atmosphere.

In an article in Science, published in , they proposed that this impact was so large that it triggered the mass extinction, and that the KT layer was the debris from that event. Most paleontologists rejected the idea that a sudden, random encounter with space junk had drastically altered the evolution of life on Earth.

The crater and the asteroid were named Chicxulub, after a small Mayan town near the epicenter. But opposition to the idea remains passionate. The site had once been a pond, and the deposit consisted of very thin layers of sediment.

Normally, one geological layer might represent thousands or millions of years. But DePalma was able to show that each layer in the deposit had been laid down in a single big rainstorm. We could experience this in real time. Today, DePalma, now thirty-seven, is still working toward his Ph.

He holds the unpaid position of curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Palm Beach Museum of Natural History, a nascent and struggling museum with no exhibition space. In , while looking for a new pond deposit, he heard that a private collector had stumbled upon an unusual site on a cattle ranch near Bowman, North Dakota. Much of the Hell Creek land is privately owned, and ranchers will sell digging rights to whoever will pay decent money, paleontologists and commercial fossil collectors alike.

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The collector felt that the site, a three-foot-deep layer exposed at the surface, was a bust: it was packed with fish fossils, but they were so delicate that they crumbled into tiny flakes as soon as they met the air. The fish were encased in layers of damp, cracked mud and sand that had never solidified; it was so soft that it could be dug with a shovel or pulled apart by hand.

In July, , the collector showed DePalma the site and told him that he was welcome to it. Instead, everything had been deposited in a single flood. But as DePalma poked around he saw potential. The flood had entombed everything immediately, so specimens were exquisitely preserved. He found many complete fish, which are rare in the Hell Creek Formation, and he figured that he could remove them intact if he worked with painstaking care.

He agreed to pay the rancher a certain amount for each season that he worked there.

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The specifics of the arrangement, as is standard practice in paleontology, are a closely guarded secret. The site is now under exclusive long-term lease. The following July, DePalma returned to do a preliminary excavation of the site. As DePalma carefully excavated the upper layers, he began uncovering an extraordinary array of fossils, exceedingly delicate but marvellously well preserved.

As he dug, the momentousness of what he had come across slowly dawned on him. If the site was what he hoped, he had made the most important paleontological discovery of the new century. In a century and a half of assiduous searching, almost no dinosaur remains have been found in the layers three metres, or about nine feet, below the KT boundary, a depth representing many thousands of years.

His father, Robert, Sr. I went after whatever on the dinner table had bones in it. He froze dead lizards in ice-cube trays, which his mother would discover when she had friends over for iced tea.

But I was digging up the baseball field looking for bones. When he was four, someone at a museum in Texas gave him a fragment of dinosaur bone, which he took to his great-uncle. He found his first dinosaur bone when he was nine, in Colorado. In high school, during the summer and on weekends, DePalma collected fossils, made dinosaur models, and mounted skeletons for the Graves Museum of Archaeology and Natural History, in Dania Beach.

He loaned the museum his childhood fossil collection for display, but in the museum went bankrupt and many of the specimens were carted off to a community college.

DePalma had no paperwork to prove his ownership, and a court refused to return his fossils, which numbered in the hundreds. They were mostly locked away in storage, unavailable for public display and enjoyment. Typically, paleontologists cede the curation and the care of their specimens to the institutions that hold them. But DePalma insists on contractual clauses that give him oversight of the management of his specimens.

He never digs on public land, because of what he considers excessive government red tape. But, without federal support for his work, he must cover almost all the costs himself.

His out-of-pocket expenses for working the Hell Creek site amount to tens of thousands of dollars. He helps defray the expenses by mounting fossils, doing reconstructions, and casting and selling replicas for museums, private collectors, and other clients.

At times, his parents have chipped in.

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Fossils are a big business; wealthy collectors pay hundreds of thousands of dollars, even millions, for a rare specimen. In , a T. The American market is awash in fossils illegally smuggled out of China and Mongolia.

But in the U. Many scientists view this trade as a threat to paleontology and argue that important fossils belong in museums.

He has deposited portions of his collection at several nonprofit institutions, including the University of Kansas, the Palm Beach Museum of Natural History, and Florida Atlantic University; some specimens are temporarily housed in various analytical labs that are conducting tests on them—all overseen by him.

Four years earlier, in Hell Creek, he and a field assistant, Robert Feeney, found an odd, lumpy growth of fossilized bone that turned out to be two fused vertebrae from the tail of a hadrosaur, a duck-billed dinosaur from the Cretaceous period. DePalma thought that the bone might have grown around a foreign object and encased it.

He took it to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, in Kansas, where a CT technician scanned it for free in the middle of the night, when the machine was idle. Inside the nodule was a broken tyrannosaur tooth; the hadrosaur had been bitten by a tyrannosaur and escaped.

The discovery helped refute an old hypothesis, revived by the formidable paleontologist Jack Horner, that T.

Horner argued that T. Several paleontologists I talked to had not heard of him. I think he can overinterpret. His face was tanned from long days in the sun and he had a five-day-old beard. I got in, and we drove for an hour or so, turning through a ranch gate and following a maze of bone-rattling roads that eventually petered out in a grassy basin. The scattered badlands of Hell Creek form an otherworldly landscape. This is far-flung ranching and farming country; prairies and sunflower fields stretch to the horizon, domed by the great blue skies of the American West.

Roads connect small towns—truck stop, church, motel, houses and trailers—and lonely expanses roll by in between. According to one dealer, UK pressings were of better sonic quality than their original US counterparts and so make a canny investment on both sides of the Atlantic. From free jazz via hard bop to cool jazz, all tastes are catered for. For such a classic album on a collectable label, Oh Yeah appears undervalued in the market. While these are a good investment, one recommended area of growth is releases on the Kent label in the 80s.


You should sit on it for a few years not literally then consider selling it. That way you'll not only be offering a Mint LP for sale but also the pleasure of opening the package to the collector who downloads it. Unless they decide not to open it as well. This strategy could apply to other albums with the potential to be regarded as future classics Make sure you have a Radiohead newspaper to sell with it as well.

But this is an area that could be quietly invested in.

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An artist like Nic Jones is a case in point: his first three albums on Trailer issued between and have not been reissued for years and Penguin Eggs is a neglected classic. The vital factor is to download a Mint copy that contains the original "Gem" production credit and not the "Mainman" credit on later issues. Again, this is an iconic album, and the important thing to look out for is the first pressing, which had a fully laminated sleeve and different label credits and was originally pressed in a very small run before the Wild Side chart motherlode of Find one of these in Mint condition, stick it on site and the bidding will be "vicious".

Otherwise keep it under lock and key. That one of the protagonists went on to make a packet in porn seems apt.

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As for investments, there are a number of unheralded glam stompers and pop gems that singular collectors like Robin Willis dig up that are appreciating in value and can all be read about on his wonderful Purepop1uk website. Bear in mind that this was initially a singles-led phenomenon, so early albums did not always sell heavily and are creeping up in value. It appears that 10, people did just that: although The Clash is a top punk collectable, not one of these LPs has turned up with the sticker intact.

Find one - no matter what the condition of the sleeve and LP - and that detective work will pay a handsome dividend.

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Her new album, The Last Living Rose, confirms her status as a serious artist whose longevity and investment potential is secure. Copies in VG and Excellent turn over briskly in record shops and at fairs, so hunting down a Mint original copy of this, as well as their second LP, Closer, is advised. The same applies to their first EP issued in the UK, which was limited to 2, copies.

This was the first Postcard single and came in a foldover sleeve in a poly bag along with a free flexi-disc that contains the live track Felicity. It is imperative to get everything in top order but this will keep growing in value as Orange Juice have remained constantly in demand.

Metallica's longevity has thrown up many collectables to add some sparkle to a lot of run-of-the-mill values. One that will hold its value is this scarce mispressing of Creeping Death, which has one side with black vinyl and the other side with gold vinyl.

It was released in the UK after tracks like Return Of Django not on this album began to reach white audiences. So if you find one with a sleeve and vinyl in Excellent or better condition it would be worth downloading and salting away because, to paraphrase a Sergio Leone film title, collectors will soon be willing to pay A Few Pounds More Faust, Neu!

On a similar journey through the cosmos but with a British twist, Hawkwind will also increase in value. The Velvet Underground inspired a lot of krautrock and Mint original copies of their work should also be hunted down, as they never going to go down in price. Original copies of Tubby Hayes' Voodoo Session 7" - limited to copies! Forever Changes was a masterpiece of songs and arrangements which sold poorly on release, hence Mint copies of both the US and UK original will always hold their value or increase.

This stuff is only going one way in price - up.

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The key to appreciation is securing a Mint copy of the small first pressing that has a laminated sleeve and orange label. The green label is a second pressing. It was Mike Mastrangelo at Secret Records who shone his torch upon this sonic beauty. This Jamaican 12" boasts an infectious refrain of, "If you are a disco devil, I am a disco rebel" on the A-side, which has made it an in-demand track to be played out, sampled and collected.

One cheaper option is this album, which was, in effect, the second Julian's Treatment LP. Savarin was also a science fiction writer and this album boiled down into music his first book of the Lemmus Trilogy that was published in the UK a year before this album was released.