An 80-year-old mystery may finally have been solved. New scientific tests show that a skeleton found on an island following Amelia Earhart’s mysterious 1937 disappearance could actually be the pilot! Find out more details about the study after the jump.
Amelia Earhart disappeared in 1937 while attempting to be the first female pilot to circumnavigate the globe. She was never found, and her disappearance remains one of history’s most perplexing mysteries. There finally may be a breakthrough in solving what really happened to Amelia! The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) is proposing that the pilot landed on a remote island and died as a castaway.
How would the group know this? TIGHAR cites the fact that a partial skeleton was found in 1940 on an island of Kiribati called Nikumaroro (also known as Gardner Island), located in the Pacific Ocean. The island is very remote, and about 400 miles south of Amelia’s destination, Howland Island.
After the bones were found in 1940, doctors studied them to see if they could be Amelia’s but determined they were male. TIGHAR looked at the bones again in 1998, and after using more modern technology to analyze the skeleton, said they looked “consistent with a female of Earhart’s height and ethnic origin.” That changed everything!
Still, it wasn’t enough to solve the case. But now, there has been another stunning development in the forensic analysis! Anthropologist Richard Jantz has taken yet another look at the skeletal remains after noticing something strange: the forearms were a lot larger than normal. TIGHAR sought the help of forensic imaging specialist Jeff Glickman to look at old photos of Amelia, to see if she had particularly large forearms.
Jeff studied pics of Amelia with her arms uncovered, and estimated that her arms would have matched the same length of the bones recovered on Nikumaroro! This is total estimation, and does not mean that the case of Amelia’s infamous disappearance has been solved. But it’s the closest we’ve ever been to getting any answers in 79 years.
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