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Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Bones Found on Remote Pacific Island Belong to Amelia Earhart, Researcher Says

Bones Found on Remote Pacific Island Belong to Amelia Earhart, Researcher Says

The new study claims that bones found on the Pacific Island of Nikumaroro belong to Earhart, despite a forensic analysis of the remains conducted in 1941 that linked the bones to a male. 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.

Many theories have emerged throughout the years since the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, Amelia Earhart, her navigator Fred Noonan and her plane, mysteriously went missing without a trace in 1937. He determined that the bones were those of a stocky man, and the bones were later lost.

University of Tennessee anthropologist Professor Richard Jantz said on Thursday that based on their reexamination and evidence, they "point toward her rather strongly".

Nikumaroro is approximately 650 kilometres south-south east of Howland Island, and has been scoured multiple times as part of the search for Earhart and Noonan.

The actual bones disappeared decades ago in Fiji, but we still have some of the measurements, including humerus and radius arm bones.

Many assumed Earhart crashed into the ocean and drowned, but Jantz and others suggest she died stranded on the island of Nikumaroro. "If the bones do not belong to Amelia Earhart, then they are from someone very similar to her".

Some anthropologists have questioned how reliable such methods could be, but Jantz insists that the bones described in 1940 should have more similarity to Earhart's bones than to 99 percent of the individuals in his reference sample of 2,700 individuals.

Her tibia length and body dimensions were measured using some of her clothing kept at the George Palmer Putnam Collection of Amelia Earhart Papers at Purdue University. Campbell, who authored "Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last " (Sunbury Press Inc.; Second Edition, 2016), maintains the duo were tortured, only to perish in Japanese custody.

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.

The mysterious fate of pioneering pilot Amelia Earhart - whose historic landing in Londonderry is still marked every year - may have been revealed in new analysis.

He wrote that the bones that were discovered were "entirely consistent" with her and "inconsistent with most other people" and she was "known to have been in the area of Nikumaroro Island". Her pilot's license also apparently lists Earhart as 5 feet, 7 inches.

Jantz was left with little doubt, writing: "The only documented person to whom [the bones] may belong is Amelia Earhart".

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