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Bones discovered on a Pacific island 'likely' to be those of Amelia Earhart

The research claims the bones to be a 99% match.

A discovery of bones found on an eastern Pacific island of Nikumaroro in 1940, are 'likely' to be those of famous aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart.

Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic ocean, she disappeared on July 2, 1937 when flying across the Pacific Ocean.

The recent study, published in Forensic Anthropology, claims that the bones discovered prove she died as an island castaway.

The report comes after prior confusion, with researchers originally believing the bones were those of a man.

The report now claims the bones to be a 99% match to Earhart.

Amelia Earhart.
Amelia Earhart.

It is known that Earhart was near the island when she disappeared.

"This analysis reveals that Earhart is more similar to the Nikumaroro bones than 99% of individuals in a large reference sample," the report states.

"This strongly supports the conclusion that the Nikumaroro bones belonged to Amelia Earhart."