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“Bones found on a remote Pacific island almost eight decades ago likely are those of pioneering pilot Amelia Earhart, new research claims,” stated cnn.com. Attempts to recover her and her co-pilot’s bodies have all been unsuccessful, until now.
“Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, disappeared over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe,” according to mnn.com. In 1940, a skeleton was recovered from Gardner Island where Earhart was believed to have disappeared, and the doctor at the time dismissed the remains as those of a male.
Years later, however, a group of researchers from the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) have discovered the doctor’s notes in 1998 and have “declared that the remains were ‘consistent with a female of Earhart’s height and ethnic origin,’” according to mnn.com.
Finally, in 2016, anthropologist Richard Jantz was getting ready to update the doctor’s notes when he noticed that the skeleton’s arms forearms were larger than average. In the 1930’s, the forearms of women were also larger than average, but because there were no measurements of Earhart’s forearms there was no way to match them. TIGHAR and Jantz then enlisted forensic specialist Jeff Glickman for help. Glickman used a photo of Earhart with her forearms visible to calculate the ratio between the bones in her lower and upper arms.
“In Glickman’s final report, he declared the radius-to-humerus ratio to be 0.76, roughly the same ratio as the remains found in 1940,” stated mnn.com. This means that the skeleton could most likely belong to the famed pioneering pilot herself.
In that matter, there have been many other theories explaining who the skeleton belongs to, but all the evidence is pretty overwhelming. Amelia Earhart’s remains may have finally been uncovered.