Using the photos and the measurements of the bones, Jantz spent a long time inspecting the bones and compared them to Amelia’s weight and height at the time of her disappearance.
After assembling all the information he could find from documents about Amelia Earhart and the photos, he was convinced that it was her.
A Step in the Right Direction
All the new developments we have now may have cleared up the decades-long mystery of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance. Prof. Richard Jantz, a professor at the University of Tennessee, believed that he can prove a popular theory and dispel many others.
Though there have been many wild and wonderful speculations on her untimely disappearance, this discovery might finally be the answer to any questions historians and fans alike may have had.
There is not enough evidence to prove that this really happened, and most people had forgotten about the Nikumaroro bones since the 1940s when Jantz took a fresh look at them through a collection of photographs.
Even though he didn’t have the physical bones to study, Jantz was convinced that through a computer program he could determine both the gender and ancestry of the person.
Jantz Is Convinced He Has Found Her Remains
Despite Jantz's certainty, there were many other researchers who also covered the case and they are not as confident they belong to Amelia. Jantz wrote that from a forensic perspective, the most strict scenario is that the bones were those of Amelia Earhart.
He added that until reliable evidence can be presented that the remains are not those of Amelia Earhart, the most convincing argument is that they were.
Jantz is resolute about one thing; if these bones do not belong to Amelia Earhart, then they definitely belonged to someone with a similar build and background. He said that such a profile is more similar to the Nikumaroro bones than 99% of individuals in a large reference pool.
He believes that this strongly advocates for the bones on Nikumaroro Island to be those of Amelia Earhart.