Bones discovered on Pacific island in 1940 possibly Amelia Earhart's
A new study published in Forensic Anthropology gives credence to the theory that Amelia Earhart died on an island in the South Pacific.
KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE — A new study may have the answers to what really happened to Amelia Earhart.
The Washington Post reports that Amelia Earhart vanished over the Pacific Ocean in 1937. Three years later, skeletal remains suspected to be hers were recovered on Nikumaroro Island in present-day Kiribati.
A physician in Fiji examined the bones in 1940 and determined that the remains belonged to a European male.
The bones have since been lost, but recent analysis of the skeletal measurements using modern techniques reveals the bones were in fact female.
Measurements of the arm and leg bones were determined to be a match to Earhart's estimated size and build, making it likely that the remains were hers.
The data shows the bones were more similar to the ill-fated pilot than 99% of individuals in a large sample, though without a way to examine the actual bones, it's difficult to determine an actual match with 100% certainty.
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