WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Legendary pilot Amelia Earhart went missing in 1937 during an attempt to fly around the world.
- After almost 80 years after she mysteriously disappeared, the late aviator’s remains may have been found, the Daily Mail reported.
- Richard Jantz, former director of the Forensic Anthropology Center and Professor Emeritus of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee, claims bones found on a Pacific island are “99% likely” to be Earhart’s.
Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, disappeared over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937. Human bones found in 1940 on Gardner Island, now called Nikumaroro, were sent to British Fiji for analysis.
Gardner Island is 400 miles south of Howland Island, Earhart’s planned stopover.
The bones were measured by Dr. David WinnHoodless before they went missing. The doctor-examiner believed that they were indeed the female pilot’s dimensions.
Jantz used those measurements, compared them with the remains found on the remote island, then came to a conclusion.
“What I can say scientifically is that they [the remains found on the island] are 99% likely to be hers,” Jantz said.
According to Daily Mail, Jantz obtained the dimensions of Earhart’s bones by analyzing photos where she appeared alongside objects.
“We had the lengths of three bones that Hoodless reported lengths for,” Jantz said. “Then we realized there were some ways we could get more information about Amelia Earhart’s dimensions that could be compared directly to the bones.”
“We were able to measure her humerus length and her radius length from a photo that had a scaleable object in it,” Jantz explained. “Then we also had her a good estimate of her tibia length which we got from her trouser inseam length and from her height.”
“We were able to compare the three bone lengths from Nikumaroro island to Amelia Earhart,” the doctor added. “The result is that they are very similar and it’s unlikely that just a random person would be that similar.”
Source: Hollywood Life