In the year 1940, people discovered the remains of what they thought was a man on the Pacific Island of Nikumaroro. Now scientists have a feeling that these “male” remains were actually the bones of America’s beloved Amelia Earhart.
A Second Look At the Remains
British soldiers found the bones of Earhart during an expedition in 1940. After they found the remains, they searched the area and discovered a Brandis Navy Surveying Sextant (navigation tool) and a bottle of Benedictine (a type of liqueur). At the time of the discovery, the people who found the bones suggested that they may belong to Earhart. They sent the bones to Fiji where a lab tested and analyzed them. The lab results showed that the bones belonged to a man. Therefore they were not Earhart’s. However, because science and technology were nowhere up to parr with modern advancements, there is a reason to believe that the results were false.
How Scientists Determine the Bone’s Gender
Scientists determine the sex of ambiguous remains using a computer system called Fordisc. This program estimates the gender of the bones as well as their ancestry by using specific measurements.
Richard Jantz is the developer of the program and a professor at the University of Tennessee. He recently wrote a study that analyzed the exact bones found on Nikumaroro. His results have him firmly believing that the remains are likely to be Earhart’s.
Jantz found a statistically significant similarity between Amelia Earhart and the bones found on that island. “This analysis reveals that Earhart is more similar to the Nikumaroro bones than 99% of individuals in a large reference sample. This strongly supports the conclusion that the Nikumaroro bones belonged to Amelia Earhart,” Jantz explains in his research article.
The Convincing Results
According to Jantz, these are the bones of America’s sweetheart. He compared the length of the bones to Earhart’s measurements. He also used factors such as height, weight, build, and proportions that he found in photographs as well as her information on her pilots and drivers license. Everything added up!
Just because Jantz found a way to back up the theory that these bones are not some random guy’s from Nikumaroro, doesn’t mean people didn’t suspect that they were Amelia’s beforehand. Multiple people involved in the search for Amelia Earhart truly believed that those were her bones.
Amelia Was in Japan?
Blaming it on Japan seemed quite feasible to Americans. In July of 2017, the History Channel aired an image and said that there was a possibility that Earhart could be identified in it. The picture came up in National Archives, and looked like a pilot was taken as a prisoner of war by the Japanese army.
If this was actually a photo of Amelia, it placed her and her navigator in the Jaluit Harbor on the Marshall Island, post-disappearance.
At last, a military and history blogger found a way to prove that the woman in the photo is not Earhart. In fact, the picture was taken two years before Amelia ever disappeared.