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Museum skeletons

Għar Dalam.  Photo: Heritage Malta

Għar Dalam.  Photo: Heritage Malta

Reference is made to the letter with the title ‘Skeletal anatomy’ (August 6).

First of all, we wish to point out that the correspondent is not correct in stating that the item that appeared on the Times of Malta on July 26 affirmed that the skeleton is 500,000 years old.

The caption accompanying the photograph read: “Għar Dalam’s lowest layers, more than 500,000 years old, contained the fossilised bones of diverse species.”

It is also evident the said correspondent never made it to Għar Dalam (picture), since, otherwise, it would have been evident to him that the skeleton shown in the photograph belongs to a modern brown bear, Ursus arctos, an omnivore, which has nothing to do with canids (dogs) as he wrongly suggests. The skeleton is mounted correctly.

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