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Morocco gets back 250 million-year-old fossil species from US

October 6, 2023 at 8:15 pm

Flag of Morocco, on 8 May 2019 [Kristin Harvey/Flickr]

Morocco, on Friday, announced it has gotten back three fossil remains of three different species, dating back to 250 million years, from the US, Anadolu Agency reports.

Moroccan Culture Minister, Mehdi Bensaid, said the announcement of the repatriation of the fossil species was during this week’s US-Morocco Law Enforcement Seminar for Countering the Illicit Trafficking in Cultural Property.

The event at the Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in the capital, Rabat, was also attended by US Ambassador to Morocco, Puneet Talwar, who handed over the three fossil species to the Moroccan government, according to Bensaid.

The three fossils are reportedly a Mosasaurus skull, Basilosaurid jaw and Cetacean whale vertebra.

Bensaid stressed the need to strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries to enhance cooperation in the field to counter illicit trafficking in cultural property.

Morocco is seeking to repatriate its cultural heritage through signing deals with various countries.

In 2017, Morocco managed to block a planned auction in Paris of a 66-million-year-old marine dinosaur skeleton which was originally discovered in the city of Khouribga, central Morocco.

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