Speaking with this writer from Berlin, Germany where he is attending the international tourism fair the Permanent Secretary said the museum through its director Professor Johannes Vogel is ready to help Tanzania in areas of research with a view of raising the profile of Tendaguru village, the place where the fossils were discovered.
“We are glad that the museum is ready to support us in doing more research in Tendaguru and continue the promotion of the fossils preserved in their museum,” Major General Milanzi explained.
According to the Permanent Secretary the preserved dinosaur from Tanzania is among the most visited attraction inside the museum.
The bones of the large Sauropod also known as Janenschia were among the first fossils found during the Tendaguru expedition.
Although only the remains of the legs and two vertebrae belonging to two different animals were found during the expedition, the animal is said to be a fascination to scientists working in the state of the art museum, according to available literature about the fossils.
Last month, the government ruled out the possibility of returning the fossils back to Tanzania saying it was ‘complicated affair’.
According to Major General Milanzi, the logistics of bringing back the dinosaur were complicated adding that plans were underway to construct a museum at Tendaguru village in Lindi Region.
The PS maintained that the government didn’t have the capacity and technology required to preserve and display the remains for tourism purposes.
He however disclosed that Tanzania will liaise with the Germans with a view of establishing a museum in the area as a way of promoting the place.
“Scientific researches will be conducted in the area to ascertain if similar big lizards ever existed in the area,” said the PS in a recent interview.
The Tendaguru beds as a fossil deposit were first discovered in 1906, when German pharmacist, chemical analyst and mining engineer Bernhard Wilhelm Sattler, on his way to a mine south of the Mbemkure river in Germany East Africa (today Tanzania), noticed enormous bones weathering out of the path near the base of a hill.
Because of its morphology, the hill was locally known as steepy hill Tendaguru in the language of the local Wamwera people.