Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Bones discovered in 1940s may be Amelia Earhart

Bones discovered in 1940s may be Amelia Earhart

Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and disappeared while attempting to fly around the world in 1937.

Almost 80 years after Amelia Earhart disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean, a scientist claims he may have cracked the case! They were declared dead two years later, but the wreckage was never found. 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.

As well as the bones, the 1940 search party found a woman's shoe, a navigational instrument called a sextant and a bottle of Benadictine, which Ms Earhart was known to carry. This strongly supports the conclusion that the Nikumaroro bones belonged to Amelia Earhart.

Though the actual bones have always been lost, Jantz applied modern-day forensic analysis techniques to the old measurements, and inferred more information about Earhart's size and stature from historical photographs and preserved pieces of the pilot's clothing. The program, Fordisc, is commonly used by forensic anthropologists across the globe.

Researchers also used photos of Earhart and clothing measurements taken by a seamstress to estimate the size of Earhart's bones, and then compared those bone length estimates to the measurements Hoodless took.

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The data indicates that the bones have more similarity to Earhart than "to 99 percent of individuals in a large reference sample".

A number of theories have emerged about her fate.

Earhart's pilot's license, however, recorded her height as 5 feet 8 inches and her driver's license said 5 feet 7. It's a question that has captivated the public ever since the famed aviator went missing in 1937 over the Pacific Ocean. At the time, Hoodless concluded the bones must have come from a man, but Jantz believes he was mistaken. The scale was provided by Jeff Glickman of Photek. In October 2014, the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) claimed that the metal found on the island had been fixed to Earhart's twin-engine Lockheed model 10 "Electra" during an eight-day stopover in Miami. They thought they might discover a bone, and were especially hopeful when the dogs seemed to detect the scent of human remains beneath a ren tree. Photos also show Earhart's slender frame. Some historians believe Earhart crashed on or near the island. Plenty of theories have floated around since the two vanished, including one that Earhart was eaten by fierce coconut crabs.

The History Channel released a statement addressing the discrepancy. "Ultimately, historical accuracy is most important to us and our viewers".

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