Scientists in Tennessee May Have Unlocked the Amelia Earhart Mystery

Remember a few months back when there was a TV documentary about the Amelia Earhart disappearance, and how some picture taken in the Marshall Islands proves that she actually survived and was taken prisoner by the locals there?

Well, that probably is crap, but the mystery may finally be solved, thanks to researchers at the University of Tennessee.

Back in 1940, a bunch of bones were found on a remote Pacific island.  Using scientific methods of the time, it was determined that those bones belonged to a man.  Now, using modern technology, UT Professor Richard Jantz was able to use the bones to create an estimated gender, ancestry, and stature. Based on his measurements, Jantz has found that those bones "have more similarity to Earhart than to 99 percent of individuals in a large reference sample".

It was long believed that Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan ran out of gas in her attempt to become the first woman to fly around the globe.  Many people thought they crashed into Howland Island, a tiny island that was likely not on very many maps at the time of Earhart's flight in 1937.

If Professor Jantz's findings hold true, it solves one of the most fascinating mysteries in American History.

Read the full story from CBS News here

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