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Jeff Scott

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Re: New light on the study of the Nikumaroro bones by Dr Hoodless
« Reply #60 on: August 19, 2015, 11:06:58 PM »

This "About TIGHAR" page still shows Ric and Pat's home address as Wilmington, DE.  Also, the page has a link to the "most recent TIGHAR IRS Form 990".  This link points to the IRS Form for the time period 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012, which is definitely not the most recent Form 990 submitted by TIGHAR.

Yes, the page needs updating.  We've been just a tad busy lately.  We'll get it updated asap.

Thank you for updating the page and posting the most recent 990 form. However, the link to the PDF is broken and brings up a 404 error. Thought you'd want to know about it.
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Ric Gillespie

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Re: New light on the study of the Nikumaroro bones by Dr Hoodless
« Reply #61 on: August 20, 2015, 07:30:51 AM »

However, the link to the PDF is broken and brings up a 404 error. Thought you'd want to know about it.

Darn!  Thanks. We'll fix it.  We'll also add a new name to the list of TIGHAR board members.  Dawn Johnson, the TIGHAR archaeologist who thought up and carried out the brilliant forensic dog experiment, has just been elected to the board. I'll start a new topic on the "Doggie-Knows" tests.  Fascinating stuff, and a potential game-changer in the search for conclusive evidence of Earhart's presence on Nikumaroro.
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Ric Gillespie

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Re: New light on the study of the Nikumaroro bones by Dr Hoodless
« Reply #62 on: August 20, 2015, 09:36:14 AM »

However, the link to the PDF is broken and brings up a 404 error. Thought you'd want to know about it.

The link is now fixed.
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Monty Fowler

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Re: New light on the study of the Nikumaroro bones by Dr Hoodless
« Reply #63 on: April 30, 2016, 12:01:27 PM »

I was a little disappointed that the April 2016 TIGHAR Tracks discussed the Niku bones issue in general but made no mention of the only peer-reviewed paper that has looked at the same measurements taken by Dr. Hoodless in 1940. It came to a different conclusion.

Pamela Cross and Dr. Richard Wright's paper, published in The Journal of Archaeological Sciences, concludes that, "Without access to the missing original bones, it is impossible to be definitive, but on balance, the most robust scientific analysis and conclusions are those of the original British finding indicating that the Nikumaroro bones belonged to a robust, middle-aged man, not Amelia Earhart." See https://www.academia.edu/12660477/The_Nikumaroro_Bones_Identification_Controversy_First-hand_Examination_versus_Evaluation_by_Proxy_-_Amelia_Earhart_Found_or_Still_Missing

TIGHAR's efforts hinge on Dr. Richard Jantz, who with the late Dr. Karen Burns reanalyzed Hoodless's measurements and concluded they more likely fit a European female. To date that effort has been presented at a scientific conference, but it has not been formally published. Dr. Jantz is awaiting a better estimate of Earhart's height from TIGHAR before he does another analysis, which is a prudent step; you can never have too much information as far as scientists are concerned.

Jantz is a world-recognized leader in his field of expertise, and I'm extremely gratified that he's taken an interest in the Niku Hypothesis to the degree that he has. I hope that this latest analysis will lead to a peer-reviewed paper published in a recognized scientific publication so that others can perform their own analysis and arrive at their own conclusions.

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Monty Fowler, TIGHAR No. 2189 EC
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Ric Gillespie

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Re: New light on the study of the Nikumaroro bones by Dr Hoodless
« Reply #64 on: April 30, 2016, 12:47:22 PM »

I hope that this latest analysis will lead to a peer-reviewed paper published in a recognized scientific publication so that others can perform their own analysis and arrive at their own conclusions.

How is the ability of others to perform their own analysis and arrive at their own conclusions reliant upon a peer-reviewed paper published in a recognized scientific publication?  TIGHAR has published all of the original source data.  Wright and Cross used it to write their paper (although they got much of it wrong as I pointed out in an earlier post).  Are the opinions expressed in the Wright/Cross paper more credible for having appeared in a peer-reviewed journal? Of the dozens of TIGHAR research papers published on the TIGHAR website, none has appeared in a peer-reviewed journal. Are they therefore of no account?  TIGHAR is not an academic institution (thank God).  We do open-source aviation historical investigation with the help of our members and volunteer experts in various fields, few of whom have PhDs.  Our credibility rests on the quality of our work as judged by the interested public, not on the blessing of unnamed reviewers. We'll work with Dr. Jantz to do a fresh evaluation of the bones.  If he wants to submit it for publication in a peer-reviewed journal that will be up to him.
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