The fate of Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly alone across the Atlantic Ocean, has been a mystery for decades, a new study may answer the question of what happened to her.

A new scientific study claims that bones found in 1940 on the Pacific Island of Nikumaroro belong to Earhart. The bones which were uncovered by a British expedition exploring the island for settlement were originally examined the year after they were found and were deemed to belong to a man.


Osteology has advanced in the intervening years and a new study “Amelia Earhart and the Nikumaroro Bones” by University of Tennessee professor Richard Jantz suggests that the bones may in fact be the remains of the famous aviator, as was suspected at the time of their discovery.

Jantz compared the lengths of the bones to Earhart’s measurements, using her height, weight, body build, limb lengths and proportions, based on photographs and information found on her pilot’s and driver’s licenses. His findings revealed that Earhart’s bones were “more similar to the Nikumaroro bones than 99%  of individuals in a large reference sample.”