The museum plans to display the fingers and tooth in March 2010, after it re-opens following a renovation, Galluzzi said."Galileo's missing fingers found in jar"
The museum has had the third Galileo finger since 1927, so the digits will be reunited for the first time in centuries, he added.
Removing body parts from the corpse was an echo of a practice common with saints, whose digits, tongues and organs were revered by Catholics as relics with sacred powers.
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