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Bone fragment may solve the mystery of what happened to Ameilia Earhart

posted 3/21/2012 7:28:49 AM |
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I don't mean to come off as a "blog hog", but this is something that I thought was interesting enough to share on here about Amelia Earhart.

A tiny bone found on a tropical island could finally solve the riddle of what happened to aviator Amelia Earhart.
Researchers found the fragment - which is believed to come from a finger - alongside pieces of a pocket knife, pre-war American bottles and makeup from a woman's compact.
The remains of small fires as well as bird and fish bones and empty oyster shells laid in rows as if to catch water were also recovered.

The discovery raises the possibility that Earhart died a lingering death as a castaway on the island before her remains were eaten by crabs.

Earhart, 41, the most famous female aviator of all time, disappeared in 1937 while attempting to fly round the world.
She was last heard from while heading towards tiny Howland island in the south Pacific when her twin-engine Lockheed Electra crashed in the ocean after running out of fuel on July 2, 1937.
Despite an extensive search, Earhart's body and that of her navigator Fred Noonan were never found.
Many believed that they had died on impact while others claimed that Earhart had been executed as a spy after being caught by the Japanese.

Researchers believe the pair may have crash landed on a Pacific atoll where they slowly died of starvation and thirst
The aviator had captured the hearts of the U.S. nation with her flying exploits and was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.

The tiny bone fragment, believed to be from a human finger, was found on Nikumaroro, an uninhabited island in the southwest Pacific.
It was initially thought to be from a turtle but forensic examination showed the fragment to be most likely from a human finger.

Investigators also recovered two other bones, one believed to be from the neck.
Members of Earhart's family have provided DNA to be tested against the remains.

The claims about Earhart's final resting place were made in a documentary on the Discovery Channel that was screened over the weekend.
'After 22 years of rigorous research and 10 gruelling expeditions, we can say that all of the evidence we have found on Nikumaroro is consistent with the hypothesis that Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan landed and eventually died there as castaways,' said Ric Gillespie, executive director of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR).
'We could see that the knife had been beaten apart with a blunt object... apparently in order to remove the blades.
'We can only speculate but if you're a castaway and you need to make a spear to catch fish, maybe the blades are more useful that way than still attached to the knife.'

He said researchers found artefacts that point towards Earhart possibly living as a castaway on the uninhabited island.
However, Mr Gillespie said that Earhart's family were not happy with the latest discovery.
'A crash at sea, that's nice and clean and a quick ending,' he said.

'Ending up as a castaway on a waterless atoll and failing and ultimately being eaten by crabs.

The finger bone is to be examined at the Molecular Science Laboratories at Oklahoma University in Norman, Oklahoma.
'Whether or not the phalanx bone yields human DNA, there is a sufficient preponderance of circumstantial evidence to continue our research with hope and determination,' Gillespie said.
Earhart was declared legally dead 18 months after her disappearance.
British colonial authorities recovered 13 bones from the island three years after her disappearance.
These were likely to be from a white female but have since been lost.

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Mar 21 @ 8:03AM  

Mar 21 @ 9:59AM  
Why is she always written about in the past tense? They (her navigator) could have successfully crashed landed in water near some islands and said "fuck the world," became Islanders and raised a family for all we know!!

Ok... that would make her 116 y/o now, a little frail and shorter now but still..................


Mar 21 @ 1:25PM  
I don't mean to come off as a "blog hog"

Whatchu talk'n 'bout Whapper??


Mar 21 @ 5:41PM  
In a 1951 interview with journalist Edward R. Murrow, Fred Noonan stated that after Amelia dropped him off on the island (to save weight) she took off again in the direction opposite to where he (Noonan) thought the Itasca would be located. After locating the ship she would either ditch nearby and direct rescuers to his location or, fuel permitting, she would return (to the island) for a landing in order to save the plane after dropping a message with the island's coordinates.
Sadly she flew out of his sight and hearing never to return.

Mar 21 @ 6:24PM  
I don't mean to come off as a "blog hog"

Whatchu talk'n 'bout Whapper??

Shhhh....don't mention his name, or he may pop up.


Mar 21 @ 6:29PM  
I've always leaned toward 'Executed by Japanese as a spy'.
I doubt the real truth will ever be known.

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