Scientists believe that a skeleton found in 1940 on an island in the Pacific belongs to missing American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart. Scientists failed to identify her remains for so many decades because they had falsely believed that the bones were from a man.
Earhart went missing in 1937 after her plane failed to reach the Howland Island in the central Pacific. She and her navigator Fred Noonan were declared lost at sea. Three years later, a research team found her bones on Nikumaroro Island. In 1941, a professor at Central Medical School, Fiji, ruled that the human remains were from a “middle-aged stocky male.”
A recent study that appeared in Forensic Anthropology suggests that the theory may be flawed and that the bones do belong to Earhart. Lead author Richard Jantz who teaches anthropology at the University of Tennessee Forensic Anthropology Center, said he used multiple tools to identify the human remains.
Professor Is Confident the Unidentified Bones Belong to Earhart
Jantz also looked at Earhart photographs to ensure that her bones matched the mystery remains. The Professor concluded that the bones cannot belong to a stocky male because their length matches the length of Earhart’s bones, which is highly improbable.
Jantz strongly believes that the bones belong to the famous WWII pilot, and calls for evidence that the remains are not hers. He believes that the misidentification happened because anthropology was not that advanced in the 1940s.
Jantz used a computer program called Fordic that can identify human bones. The software is so accurate that experts in other fields use it worldwide in their work.
Nevertheless, the new revelations may not be enough to stop conspiracy theories surrounding Earhart’s disappearance. According to the most common conspiracy theory, Earhart and her navigator crash landed on Japanese territory and were taken captive by the Japanese.
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