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There is a newly discovered similarity between Amelia Earhart and the castaway whose partial skeleton was found on Nikumaroro in 1940. 

The bones, suspected by their discoverer of being Earhart’s, were dismissed by British authorities after a doctor judged them to be male. The bones were subsequently lost and the entire incident forgotten until TIGHAR discovered the original British files in 1998, including the skeletal measurements the doctor made. An evaluation of those measurements by forensic anthropologists Karen Burns, Ph.D. and Richard Jantz, Ph.D. led to the conclusion that “the morphology of the recovered bones, insofar as we can tell by applying contemporary forensic methods to measurements taken at the time, appears consistent with a female of Earhart’s height and ethnic origin.”

Recently, in preparing an updated evaluation of the bone measurements, Dr. Jantz noticed a peculiarity. Click HERE to read about his discovery and what we are doing to further this line of research.


In early September, TIGHAR’s coffers were critically low. To keep the organization going and continue the search for major sponsorship of next summer's Niku IX expedition, we set a goal to raise $20,000 by October 15th. As we always do, we turned to you, the members of TIGHAR, for help and, as always, you came through. As of October 15 the campaign had raised $25,833, 29% over the goal. Is this a great organization or what? Your generosity and dedication make it possible for us to keep TIGHAR flying at full power. Please keep the support coming.

Finding Amelia II

TIGHAR’s new book is well under way. Click HERE to read a sample chapter and support the research and writing of this essential tool for all Earhart historians.

Click HERE to support the effort to find Amelia Earhart.

EarhartThe Earhart ProjectWhat Happened to Amelia Earhart

The Earhart Project is testing the hypothesis that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan landed, and eventually died, on Gardner Island, now Nikumaroro in the Republic of Kiribati.


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