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Thus, it can be difficult: The island of Malta says it wants its former shark tooth from the young future king Prince George of Cambridge, who received it as a gift from British nature filmmaker David Attenborough.
Unexpected photos released by Kensington Palace on Saturday showed George, 7, and his sisters Princess Charlotte, 5, and Prince Louis, 2, intrigued and delighted while examining the teeth from a megalodon carcharocy , a dead species that lived more than 3 million years ago and is three times the size of the modern great white shark.
But the leaders of Maltese culture were less than happy, according to The Times of Malta. Culture Minister Jose Herrera told The Times that he would “take the ball” to return the tooth to be displayed in a Maltese museum.
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“There are some artifacts that are important to the natural heritage that have been completed abroad and deserve to be acquired,” he said.
“It is true that we pay a lot of attention to historical and artistic artifacts. However, this is not always the case in our natural history. I am determined to direct change in this habit.”
When Attenborough, 94, visited Kensington Palace last week to show the children’s father, Prince William, a screening of his latest film, “David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet,” in the palace garden , he gave George an ancient tooth.
Attenborough said he took it on a family holiday in Malta in the late 1960s.
Prince George, a great-granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, was third on the British throne line, and loved by royal fans.
All of this, along with the photos, was reported over the weekend in the United Kingdom and around the world. Naturally, it came to the attention of Malta, a former British colony that won its independence in 1964 and is now a member of the Commonwealth.
According to The Times, fossils such as shark teeth have fallen under the definition of cultural heritage as a “movable or immovable object of geological importance” and thus “under the provisions of the Cultural Heritage Act 2002, their removal or excavation was (now) forbidden. “
It is unclear whether Malta’s cultural arteact law was enacted in 1960, and Kensington Palace declined to comment.
But both Attenborough and the Duke of Cambridge, 38, have long been allies to royal campaigns to combat wildlife poaching and the devastating effects of global climate change.
That’s why he gave Will a very personal screening of his new film, with two sitting in the director’s chairs in front of an external screen.
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