'Bones from Pacific island likely those of Amelia Earhart'


Based on the measurements and other forensic analysis, Jantz concludes "until definitive evidence is presented that the remains are not those of Amelia Earhart, the most convincing argument is that they are hers". That "prior information" includes a piece of shoe found near the remains, along with an empty sextant box and a Benedictine bottle, both of which could have been included in Earhart's supplies.

The details were published in a research article authored by Jantz, professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of Tennessee, in the journal Forensic Anthropology.

Jantz said he knows some people will not accept his theory, but researchers at the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, or TIGHAR, have been investigating the Earhart mystery for 30 years, and they believe Jantz's work is solid.

So, case closed? Well, it's important to note that no one has actually seen these bones for decades, and all of their analysis is on a file recorded in the 1940s.

His findings revealed Earhart's bones were "more similar to the Nikumaroro bones than 99pc of individuals in a large reference sample".

The bones have since disappeared, but the measurements are still around and based on analysis of Earhart pictures and those measurements by Dr. Richard Jantz, he recently determined the remains are very likely Earhart's. Some have suggested that Earhart and her navigator landed on the Marshall Islands where they were captured by the Japanese who must have thought they were American spies.

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A popular theory put forth in a National Geographic exclusive in July is that they crashed on a tiny, uninhabited island named Nikumaroro, also known as Gardner Island. Earhart's humerus and radius length were measured using comparisons to scalable objects provided a forensic image processing laboratory.

But in 2015, still other researchers concluded the original assessment that the bones belonged to a man was correct.

Since then, a few scientists have been trying to more accurately confirm that the bones are definitely Earhart's. The new findings would possibly settle talks over her fate after she vanished while attempting a flight around the world in 1937. That contradicts earlier determinations by experts that the bones belonged to a stocky middle-aged man.

Using an originally-developed software program, Jantz compared the lengths of the bones to Earhart's, using photographs to gauge her height, weight, build and proportions.

Did famed aviator Amelia Earhart die as a lost castaway on a remote island after her plane disappeared in 1937?

For comparison, Mr Jantz used an in-seam length and waist circumference from a pair of Earhart's pants. When the officer in charge of the settlement scheme learned of the discovery, he ordered a more thorough search of the area, and additional bones were found.