Does this evidence solve the disappearance of Amelia Earhart?

She may have died on a remote Pacific island

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Does this evidence solve the disappearance of Amelia Earhart?

Amelia Earhart's disappearance during her attempted flight around the globe has been a mystery since 1937.

However, an aviation organisation suspects she died on the remote Pacific island of Nikumaroro, and it may now have physical evidence to corroborate the theory.

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TIGHAR (The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery) has announced on its website that there is a 'newly discovered similarity between Amelia Earhart and the castaway whose partial skeleton that was found on Nikumaroro in 1940'.

The release goes on to explain that the bones were thought to be Earhart's initially but the hypothesis was abandoned after a doctor concluded that they actually belonged to a man.

However an evaluation decades later determined that the remains seemed consistent with a female of Earhart's height and ethnic origin.

More recently it was found that the forearm bones were unusually long compared to the upper arm bones and a forensic specialist concluded that the pilot likely had similar proportions.

TIGHAR recognises that this evidence does not prove Earhart's identity but hopes it helps to build the case for their theory.

The report concludes by stating: "The match does not, of course, prove that the castaway was Amelia Earhart but it is a significant new data point that tips the scales further in that direction."