• Monty Alexander

Bones suspected to be Amelia Earhart's have a new study behind them


In 1937, Amelia Earhart vanished while flying over the Pacific Ocean, on her mission to be the first woman to fly around the world. Throughout the years, many theories have been made to suggest what may have happened to Earhart.

According to the BBC, recent Forensic Anthropology studies claim that bones found on a Pacific island are 99% hers and suggest that she had lived as a castaway on that island until her death.

In 1940, a human skull was found by a British exploration party on the island Nikumaroro, which is located 1,800 miles southwest from Hawaii, according to the BBC. Along with the skull was a woman's shoe; a naval tool; and a bottle of Benedictine, an herbal liqueur that Earhart was known to carry, according to the University of Tennessee. The total amount of bones found were 13, and they were sent to Fiji for analysis; they were concluded to be from a male by Dr D W Hoodless. It is argued by Dr Jantz that the conclusion was wrong since forensic osteology (the study of bones) was still in early stages back then. Since then, the bones have been lost.