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Malta seeks shark tooth fossil presented to Prince George by David Attenborough

The seven-year-old prince was gifted the shark tooth by Attenborough during a private viewing of his new documentary at Kensington Palace.

Malta seeks shark tooth fossil presented to Prince George by David Attenborough

A handout photo released by Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis with David Attenborough, in London.

Malta says it will seek to retrieve a shark tooth that was presented to Britain's Prince George by veteran broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough, who found the fossil during a holiday on the Mediterranean island in the 1960s.

Culture Minister Jose Herrera said he will "get the ball rolling" to bring back the tooth to be exhibited in a Maltese museum.

READ: Prince William and family watch David Attenborough's new film in outdoor screening

"There are some artifacts that are important to natural heritage which ended up abroad and deserve to be retrieved," he told the Times of Malta.

The fossil, believed to be around 3 million years old, belonged to an extinct species of a giant shark that could grow up to 16 metres, three times the size of modern great white sharks.

Attenborough, 94, presented the fossil to Prince George during a private viewing of his new documentary at Kensington Palace.

Photos released by the palace over the weekend showed the seven-year-old prince looking intrigued as he looked at the tooth. Malta is a former British colony that obtained independence in 1964.

Kensington Palace declined to comment.

(Source: CNA/AP)

Source: CNA/ap

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