The 81-year-old mystery revolving around the disappearance of a female aviator, Amelia Earhart, has finally been resolved.
A scientific study recently claimed that the discovery of human bones on an island in 1940 may belong to the notable female pilot, Amelia Earhart.
The famed pilot’s plane went missing during her strive to become the first woman to fly around the world. All that was found after her plane disappeared were some bone remains on the island of Nikumaroro in 1940. However, a research conducted the following year claimed the bones actually belonged to a man.
However, according to a recent forensic analysis, it has been affirmed that those bones actually belonged to Earhart!
After almost 8 decades, a new study, published by Professor Richard Jantz of the University of Tennessee, rejected these findings by saying that he is ’99 percent sure, the bones belong to Amelia Earhart.’
In his study, Forensic Anthropology, Professor Jantz wrote that it is true that the the initial research in 1941 presented ‘suspicion at the time that the bones could be the remains of Amelia Earhart’. However, he also argued that back then, forensic osteology – the study of bones – ‘was not yet a well-developed discipline’, unlike today.
According to the Washington Post, Professor Jantz used an anthropology program called Fordisc, popular among forensic anthropologists, which compared Earhart’s measurements to the bones discovered in Nikumaroro.
As the computer-generated program ‘estimates the gender and ancestry of the person the bones belonged to by using skeletal measurements’, the Professor used Earhart’s body statistics using photos and information collected from her personal records.
Following the statistics, it was revealed that ‘in the case of the Nikumaroro bones, the only documented person to whom they may belong is Amelia Earhart.’
Multiple theories emerged regarding Earhart’s peculiar disappearance, the most popular one consisting of her being captured and tortured to death by the Japanese.
Mike Campbell, retired journalist and author of The Truth At Last, also believed Earhart was an American spy and was captured by the Japanese, which eventually led to her death by torture.
To support this, a photograph was released by the History Channel, from the National Archives, displaying Earhart standing on a harbor on Marshall Island. However, it was later revealed the photograph was dated two years prior to her final flight.
Author of Finding Amelia and the executive director of The International Group of Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), Ric Gillespie, was unconvinced by the photograph being the last proof of Earhart’s existence.
In an interview with the BBC, he stated, “This photograph has people convinced. I’m astounded by this. I mean, my God! Look at this photograph… Let’s use our heads for a moment. It’s undated. They think it’s from 1937. Okay. If it’s from July 1, 1937 then it can’t be Amelia, because she hadn’t taken off yet.”
Earhart was accompanied by navigator, Fred Noonan, when she disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island while trying to attempt a circumnavigational flight in 1937.
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