Records report that, in the 18th century, three fingers, a tooth and a vertebra were removed from the tomb of Galileo Galilei and placed in a container. Since then, a finger and the vertebra have turned up, but the tooth and other fingers were still missing. Now, two fingers and a tooth have been found and are scheduled to be placed on display.
The missing relics, passed down through the centuries, were recently bought at auction by a private collector who contacted museum officials in Florence. The fingers and tooth will be displayed at the Museum of the History of Science in the spring of 2010.