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In U-turn, Malta Says Prince George Can Keep 23-Million-Year-Old Fossil

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The 23-million-year-old fossil was found by David Attenborough in Malta.

Valletta:

Malta, making a fast U-turn, stated on Tuesday Britain’s Prince George was welcome to maintain a fossilised shark tooth that was given to him by veteran naturalist Sir David Attenborough.

The 23-million-year-old fossil was found by Attenborough in Malta when he was holidaying on the Mediterranean island within the 1960s.

He gave it to George, 7, on the weekend, elevating the hackles of some Maltese, who thought the tooth must be returned to them. Culture Minister Jose Herrera stated on Monday he would “set the ball rolling” in retreiving the tooth, however the plan quickly ran aground.

“It is not (our) intention to pursue this matter any further,” a ministry spokesman stated, with out giving any clarification for the abrupt change of coronary heart.

Herrera’s transfer on Monday had raised some unfavorable feedback on social media, with critics stating that fossilised enamel of megalodon sharks might be purchased for lower than 50 euros.

Matthew Caruana Galizia, son of anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was murdered in Malta three years in the past, wrote on Twitter that Herrera must be campaigning to sort out graft slightly than attempt to take a gift from a baby.

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