DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua)
-- The Tanzanian government
said Friday it was not considering bringing back its
dinosaur fossils preserved in Germany, citing poor
back the dinosaur fossils requires complicated logistics
that the government of Tanzania doesn’t have,” Gaudence
Milanzi, the East African nation’s Permanent Secretary
in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, told a
news conference in Arusha.
returning the fossils are very slim at the moment.
Instead, we will liaise with the Germans with a view of
establishing a special museum in Lindi region for their
upkeep,” Milanzi said shortly after seeing off the
Tanzania delegation to Germany for the International
Tourism Fair Berlin (ITB) slated next month.
He said the
government did not have the capacity and technology
required to preserve and display the remains for tourism
A number of
Members of Parliament recently appealed to the Tanzanian
government to pressure Germany to return the fossils so
that Tanzanians could benefit from them through tourism
collected during expeditions to Tendaguru in what was
then German East Africa, include the Brachiosaur
specimen on show at the Humboldt Museum in Berlin,
Tendaguru beds as a fossil deposit were first discovered
in 1906, when German pharmacist and mining engineer
Bernhard Wilhelm Sattler, on his way to a mine south of
the Mbemkuru River, noticed enormous bones weathering
out of the path near the base of a hill.
is said to have sent a report of his discoveries that
found its way to German paleontologist Eberhard Fraas
who visited the site in 1907 and recovered two partial
skeletons of enormous size.