This is such a fascinating story to me, and one that has puzzled the world for many decades.
Amelia Earhart was attempting to fly around the world with navigator Fred Noonan when they disappeared on July 2, 1937, over the Pacific Ocean. People have been searching for evidence of her whereabouts for decades but have had little luck. According to Fox News, a new study on bones that were discovered on the Pacific Island of Nikumaroro in 1940 may have solved the mystery of where Earhart and Noonan ended up.
The bones were originally analyzed in 1941 and were determined to be from a male. But, Richard Jantz who is an emeritus anthropology professor at the University of Tennessee believes the original analysis used "used 19th-century forensic science" that "were inadequate to his task." In his study, he concluded that the bones were incorrectly identified as belonging to a male, and instead belonged to a female, who he believes is Amelia Earhart.
He compared detailed measurements of the bones with the data from 2,776 other people and concluded:
“This analysis reveals that Earhart is more similar to the Nikumaroro bones than 99 percent of individuals in a large reference sample,” said Jantz. “This strongly supports the conclusion that the Nikumaroro bones belonged to Amelia Earhart.”
The new study seems to confirm one popular theory about where Earhart ultimately ended up. It has been rumored that she survived the crash and died as a castaway on the remote island of Nikumaroro.