Investigating the relic
After my return to Switzerland, I showed the photos to my former biology teacher. But the scientist was as perplexed as I was.
Being very preoccupied with my business at the time, I forgot about the matter for a few years. In 1999, water from a burst pipe destroyed part of my collection of photos and slides. That’s when I began to digitize all the pictures that were still usable. In the process, I also came across the photos from Egypt again, and my interest was rekindled. But when I revisited Bir Hooker, I found out that the area once dominated by palm groves and orchards had been extensively overbuilt. Many houses, including Nagib’s, had disappeared.
Analyzing the images
Image 1: The shot from above, including the bank bill, makes it possible to determine the exact size of the finger. Stretched out, it measures 38.4 centimeters (15⅛ inches). The middle finger of an adult human is about eight to ten centimeters (three to four inches) long. The giant to whom this finger once belonged must have been, like all earthly colossuses (dinosaurs, elephants, whales, etc.), of very strong, compact stature. The thick-walled bone of the proximal phalanx, which protrudes from the tissue, confirms this assumption. The giant would have been about five to six meters (15 to 20 feet) tall. It’s a fanciful notion, but one that coincides with numerous historical records.
For more information, see Reports of Giants.
Image 2: The relic has the same anatomical proportions as a human finger.
Image 3: The relic has the same anatomical structure as a human finger (nails, phalanxes, joints).
Image 4: The right side of the finger is flattened. At the cut, the tissue has shifted sideways and upward. The relatively strong squashing suggests that the finger was resting on the right side during the dehydration / mummification. If it was severed from the hand while the corpse was still fresh, it could be any finger of either hand. If it was cut from an already mummified body, it can only be the index finger of the right hand. Furthermore, the loss of fluid caused several dents / sags in the thick, hairless skin.
Image 5: The finger was separated from the hand below the base joint with a massive blade (machete or similar). First, a circular cut was made. Then the flesh was scraped off the bone with the blade. Finally, the bone was chopped into two parts. The finger has various injuries and damages: broken fingernail, skin abrasions, mildew, gnawing and chewing marks, etc.
Image 6: Examples of macrodactyly, a condition considered by Professor Rühli and Dr. Benecke in diagnosing the images. However, there are important reasons to doubt its presence here:
(1) Macrodactyly is primarily pathological overgrowth of soft tissue. It has little or no effect on bone growth. And to the extent that it does, it concerns mainly the length of the bones (see X-rays). In the case of the relic, however, the bone is enlarged in anatomically correct proportions and corresponding with the surrounding tissue mass (see image 2). A bone this size would never fit a human hand.
(2) Body parts affected by macrodactyly are not only abnormally enlarged but also deformed. In the relic, all proportions appear completely natural and look amazingly similar to a human finger (see image 4).
Image 7: Although only a relatively poor print of this shot exists, the massive bone structure can be clearly seen on the X-ray (scale 1:1)