Aviator Amelia Earhart’s disappearance has been a subject of mystery ever since 1937. Her plane, Lockheed Electra 10E, vanished during an ill-fated attempt to fly around the world. The US government had concluded that she must have been lost in the Pacific. It declared her dead in 1939.

Now, Richard Jantz, emeritus professor and director of the University of Tennessee’s Forensic Anthropology Centre, has re-examined data and found that remains from the island of Nikamaruro were likely those of the aviator.

Earhart is more similar to the Nikumaroro bones than 99% of individuals in a large reference sample, which “strongly supports the conclusion that the Nikumaroro bones belonged to Amelia Earhart”.

“She was known to have been in the area of Nikumaroro Island, she went missing, and human remains were discovered which are entirely consistent with her and inconsistent with most other people,” said Richard Jantz

There are many arguments about Earhart’s disappearance. Three years after her disappearance, British officials discovered 13 human bones on the island. However, some researchers said that the bones belonged to a short European man. Jantz has said that there have been many erroneous assessments by anthropologists during the period.

Jantz also considered the possibility that the Nikumaroro bones may have belonged to one of 11 men killed near the island during a British shipwreck in 1929, However there was no evidence to support this.

He says this is conclusive evidence about Earhart’s disappearance.

Things to know about Amelia Earhart:

Earhart was an avid feminist and quite a dynamic woman.

She was the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

The aviator set up an organisation for female pilots called The Ninety Nines.

She was a career counsellor to women students of aeronautical engineering at Purdue University, and was a supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment. Earhart was also an author.

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