Uproar over return shark tooth given Prince George by David Attenborough

Lawrence Kim
September 29, 2020

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In short, Malta wanted its 23 million-year-old tooth back.

A shark tooth fossil given as a gift to Prince George is now at the centre of a fishy situation.

"When they met, Sir David gave Prince George a tooth from a giant shark, the scientific name of which is carcharocles megalodon ('big tooth')", read the caption of the post.

Naturalist and veteran broadcaster David Attenborough has given Prince George a souvenir to treasure: a fossilized giant shark's tooth that he discovered in Malta more than 50 years ago.

The country's culture minister, José Herrera, has pledged to investigate if the tooth should be returned for display on the island where it was originally excavated, according to reports.

[Malta's culture minister Jose] Herrera told the Times of Malta newspaper: "There are some artefacts that are important to Maltese natural heritage and which ended up overseas and deserve to be retrieved".

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George was pictured holding the fossilised tooth, says Sky News, from an extinct Carcharocles megalodon - a very large beast that once lived in the sea.

However, it's possible that Prince George may not get to keep the artefact.

Mr Herrera told the Times of Malta: "There are some artifacts that are important to Maltese natural heritage and which ended up overseas and deserve to be retrieved", Herrera said.

He presented it to the royal at the weekend during a visit to Kensington Palace, where he gave the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge a private viewing of his new documentary, A Life on Our Planet. "I am determined to direct a change in this attitude".

Citing Malta's Cultural Heritage Act 2002, the Times of Malta reported that fossils are considered "cultural heritage".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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