Malta Says Prince George Can Keep Fossilized Shark Tooth

Topline

The government of Malta said Tuesday that Britain’s Prince George could keep the fossilized shark tooth gifted to him by natural historian David Attenborough last week, after photos of the gift went viral and Malta publicly debated asking for the tooth back.

Timeline

SaturdayKensington Palace shared photos on Twitter of Prince George examining the tooth, thought to be from the extinct shark species Carcharocles megalodon and to be millions of years old.

MondayMalta’s culture minister José Herrera reportedly told Times of Malta he planned to get “the ball rolling” to return it to the former British colony so it could be displayed in the country’s national collection, saying, “There are some artifacts that are important to Maltese natural heritage and which ended up abroad and deserve to be retrieved.”

TuesdayA spokesperson for Herrera told the Times of Malta, “it is not the intention to pursue this matter any further,” and told The Washington Post, “no action was initiated or will be taken on the issue.”

Tangent

Attenborough gained 1 million Instagram followers four hours and 44 minutes after creating his account last Thursday, breaking a Guinness World Record previously held by actress Jennifer Aniston. Aniston took five hours and 16 minutes to reach 1 million followers last year. Attenborough said he created his account to spread awareness about climate change and what can be done to mitigate its devastating consequences.

Further Reading

Ancient shark tooth gifted to prince could find its way back to Malta – Herrera (Times of Malta)

Malta says Britain’s 7-year-old Prince George can keep his shark tooth after all (Washington Post)

David Attenborough Sets World Record For Shortest Time To 1 Million Instagram Followers (Forbes)

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