In 2009, the phalanx was cut into two parts. Unfortunately, the pictures of the phalanx taken by the Russian scientific team prior to its cutting have been lost. The smaller proximal part of the bone was sent to the MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and sampling for paleogenomic analysis was performed by drilling into the proximal epiphysis from the metaphyseal surface. The larger distal part was sent to the University of Berkeley, CA, USA, and, in 2010, from there to the IJM in Paris, France, where it was measured and photographed, and a thin portion, removed from the proximal end of the distal part of the phalanx, was analyzed genetically. It was then returned to the University of Berkeley in 2011.

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