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Malta wants back the prehistoric shark tooth given to Prince George as a gift

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



Prince William, Duke of Cambridge et al. standing in the grass: Veteran broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough has given Britain’s Prince George a giant shark tooth fossil after a private viewing of his new documentary at Kensington Palace.


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Veteran broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough has given Britain’s Prince George a giant shark tooth fossil after a private viewing of his new documentary at Kensington Palace.

The culture minister of Malta, where the massive prehistoric tooth was found, said he plans to “get the ball rolling” toward getting back the fossil that was recently given to 7-year-old George by natural historian David Attenborough, according to the Times of Malta.

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The tooth, which is believed to be about 23 million years old, came from a megalodon, an extinct species that was three times the size of the great white sharks of today.

“There are some artifacts that are important to Maltese natural heritage and which ended up abroad and deserve to be retrieved,” the culture minister, José Herrera, told the Times of Malta.

The fossil is believed to have been discovered in Malta during the late 1960s. Its existence became known over the weekend after Kensington Palace announced the tooth was given to George, the eldest child of Prince William and Kate Middleton, by Attenborough.

Herrera did not share how he intends to begin the process of potentially retrieving the shark tooth fossil.

“We rightly give a lot of attention to historical and artistic artifacts,” Herrera told the newspaper. “However, it is not always the case with our natural history. I am determined to direct a change in this attitude.”

Attenborough, 94, gave the gift to George during a visit to Kensington Palace for a showing of a new documentary, “David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet,” about his career.

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