Bones found in South Pacific 'likely' to be Amelia Earhart's
Posted on 13/03/2018 7 shares

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A US peer reviewed science journal claims that bones discovered on Nikumaroro, a Pacific island in 1940 are "likely" to be those of famed pilot, Amelia Earhart.

Earhart disappeared during her failed attempt to fly across the globe

Earhart disappeared during her failed attempt to fly across the globe
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On 2nd July 1837, Earhart, her plane and her navigator disappeared over the Pacific Ocean after taking off from Lae, New Guinea. Over the years many have conjured theories as to what could have happened on that day.

A new study published in the Forensic Anthropology states that these bones prove she died as an island castaway. The report claims that they are a 99% match. This study was first published by the University of Florida. It is called 'Amelia Earhart and the Nikumaroro Bones' and it was conducted by Professor Richard Jantz from the University of Tennessee.

This study disagrees with earlier research claims made in 1941 that the remains found belonged to a European man.

It was known that Earhart was near the island when she vanished. In 1837 she had really hoped to top her career by coming the first woman to fly across the globe. Sadly, she died in the attempt.

Dr Jantz disputes earlier research claims because he believes that forensic osteology (the study of bones) was still in its early stages. He believes that it's highly possible that the researcher of the 1940s, Dr Hoodless, reached the wrong conclusion.

Dr Jantz used Fordisc, a modern computer programme, to consult Dr Hoodless' seven measurements of the bones, four of the skull and three long bone lengths (humerus, radius, and tibia). Today, this programme is widely used by forensic anthropologists.

Unfortunately, the bones themselves have been lost and thus cannot be analysed.

The research team used historical photographs as well as Earhart's pilot's and driver's licence to decide if her body proportions matched the skeletal remains.

"This analysis reveals that Earhart is more similar to the Nikumaroro bones than 99% of individuals in a large reference sample," the report states.