Amelia Earhart, for anyone who may need to brush up on their history, was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She was quite the skilled and creative individual but did end up going missing when trying to make a circumnavigational flight around the entire globe.
Her disappearance occurred back in July of 1937 and ever since, people have always wondered what happened to her. Of course, we all assumed she had crashed and met her death but nothing has ever been confirmed. That being said, a new forensic analysis indicates that bones found back in 1940 on a remote South Pacific island are in fact her bones.
This coming from a researcher at the University of Tennessee. The university actually released a statement on the 7th of this month that claims the analysis they did showed these bones were more similar to Earhart than 99 percent of individuals in a large reference sample.
The statement released by the university says:
Richard Jantz, professor emeritus of anthropology and director emeritus of UT’s Forensic Anthropology Center, re-examined seven bone measurements conducted in 1940 by physician D. W. Hoodless. Hoodless had concluded that the bones belonged to a man.
Jantz, using several modern quantitative techniques—including Fordisc, a computer program for estimating sex, ancestry, and stature from skeletal measurements—found that Hoodless had incorrectly determined the sex of the remains. The program, co-created by Jantz, is used by nearly every board-certified forensic anthropologist in the US and around the world.
The data revealed that the bones have more similarity to Earhart than to 99 percent of individuals in a large reference sample.
Jantz also compared the bone lengths with Earhart’s. Her humerus and radius lengths were obtained from a photograph with a scalable object. The scale was provided by Jeff Glickman of Photek. Her tibia length was estimated from measurements of her clothing in the George Palmer Putnam Collection of Amelia Earhart Papers at Purdue University. A historic seamstress took the measurements, which included the inseam length and waist circumference of Earhart’s trousers.
Based on this information, Jantz concludes that “until definitive evidence is presented that the remains are not those of Amelia Earhart, the most convincing argument is that they are hers.”
His findings were published in the journal Forensic Anthropology and it does seem quite convincing. Jantz and his group of researchers believe she must have died as a castaway on the island of Nikumaroro. When these bones were found back in 1940, a shoe was also found and it was said to have appeared to be a ‘woman’s shoe.’ A ‘woman’s shoe’ that was similar to the one Earhart’s co-piolet used.
What do you think about this? Could this be a missing piece to the puzzle that is the disappearance of Earhart? I believe it very well could be.
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