Amelia Earhart might have died as a castaway

Amelia Earhart might have died as a castaway

The bones of an unknown castaway discovered on a remote island and the ratio calculation between lower and upper arm bones: the key that may solve the mystery of famous aviatrix Amelia Earhart.

Amelia Earhart disappeared over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937, during her epic attempt to fly around the globe. Since that tragic day scientists have been puzzling about how “Lady Lindy” met her fate and where she died.

The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), an organization that has been taking part in a search for Amelia Earhart, suggest they have found an astonishing similarity between the aviatrix and the remains of the unidentified subject found on Nikumaroro in the western Pacific Ocean in 1940.

After being examined the bones were identified as a man’s skeletal remains and the case was consigned to oblivion. However, experts at TIGHAR discovered the original files in 1998. Following the re-evaluation of the 1940 measurements related to the skeleton, it turned out that the remains were “consistent with a female of Earhart’s height and ethnic origin”. In addition, a strange detail was also uncovered: the skeleton’s forearm was larger than the similar body part of women born at the end of the 19th-century (Earhart was born in 1897).

Forensic imaging specialist Jeff Glickman was invited by TIGHAR to prove whether Earhart’s forearm was larger than the average. Glickman analyzed a photo of Earhart in which she is depicted with almost bare arms and found that Earhart’s upper arm bone to lower arm bone ratio was 0.76, almost equal to the ratio of the discovered skeleton’s humerus to the radius, which was 0.756.

Although the match is not conclusive proof, it suggests Earhart might have died as a castaway.

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