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Malta lets Prince George keep shark tooth gift from David Attenborough

Veteran environmental broadcaster Attenborough found the fossil during a family vacation to Malta in the late 1960s, Kensington Palace said, and gave it to George last week.

The tooth, which once belonged to a megalodon, is believed to be about 23 million years old.

The gift raised questions in the Mediterranean nation, prompting Maltese Culture Minister Jose Herrera to say that the tooth should be in a local museum and promising to “set the ball rolling” on getting it back.

David Attenborough gave Prince George a fossilized shark tooth. Malta says it wants it back

But the government poured cold water on the plan Tuesday.

A ministry spokesperson told CNN: “Further to the initial remarks as reported in the Maltese media, Minister Herrera would like to reiterate that no action was initiated or will be taken on the issue.”

Neither the Royal Family nor representatives for Attenborough commented to CNN on the controversy.

Many countries now ban tourists from removing fossils or shells from their

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Malta Retracts Its Claim On The Shark Tooth Gifted To Prince George By Attenborough

Malta has retracted its claim on the prehistoric shark tooth given to Prince George by Sir David Attenborough at Kensington Palace last week. The legendary broadcaster presented the giant tooth to the young royal during a private viewing of his latest Netflix documentary, A Life on Our Planet, which was screened in the gardens to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children. However, on seeing the official pictures which were shared on Instagram by @kensigntonroyal, Maltese culture minister José Herrera suggested Malta might like the tooth back.

As the Independent reports, the fossilised tooth, which is thought to have belonged to an extinct species of giant shark known as the ‘Carcharocles megalodon’, was found by Attenborough during a family holiday in the late 1960s — and is believed to be around 23 million years old.

The removal of an “object of geological importance” has been banned in Malta

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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

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Prince George Receives Shark Tooth as Gift But Malta Wants It Back

Whoops! Sir David Attenborough may have given Prince William and Duchess Kate ’s son Prince George a shark tooth, but Malta’s culture minister wants it back.

“There are some artifacts that are important to Maltese natural heritage and which ended up abroad and deserve to be retrieved,” Jose Herrera told the Times of Malta on Monday, September 28.

Herrera went on to tell the outlet that the tooth should be in a local museum, and he planned to “set the ball rolling” to get it back.

 

Prince George Receives Ancient Shark Tooth as Gift But Malta Culture Minister Wants it Back
Prince George Photo by The Duchess of Cambridge/Shutterstock

His comments came two days after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 38, shared photos from their visit with Attenborough, 94. Not only did the historian screen his upcoming film David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet, but he gave the couple’s eldest son a present as well.

“When they met, Sir David gave

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