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UT researcher: Bones found on remote island likely those of Amelia Earhart

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  1. GatorGrowl

    GatorGrowl Forum Admin Moderator VIP Member GC Staff

    Jan 19, 2012
    Paris, TN
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – A University of Tennessee researcher says he has concluded that bones found on a remote South Pacific island are almost definitely those of famed American pilot Amelia Earhart.

    Richard Jantz, professor emeritus of anthropology and director emeritus of UT’s Forensic Anthropology Center, re-examined the bones, which were originally determined to be that of a man when measurements were conducted in 1940 by physician D.W. Hoodless.

    Jantz used several modern techniques, including a computer program called Fordisc, and compared Hoodless’ measurements with bone lengths determined from photographs of Earhart and found the bone measurements were more similar to Earhart than to 99 percent of individuals in a large sample.

    The bones themselves have disappeared in the intervening years, so Jantz only had Hoodless’ measurements to go by. Jantz says his questioning of Hoodless’ analysis had less to do with his competence, but more to do with the state of forensic anthropology at the time.

  2. gatorjjh

    gatorjjh A Gator with a Glass half full attitude Moderator VIP Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    Irvine, Fl