The bones were found when a working party brought to the island for the Phoenix Island Settlement Scheme found a human skull, the study states. “There was suspicion at the time that the bones could be the remains of Amelia Earhart,” Jantz wrote. Jantz argues that when Dr. D. W. Hoodless of the Central Medical School in Fiji examined the bones in 1941, “forensic osteology was not yet a well-developed discipline” and could have affected the sex assessment of the bones found on the Nikumaroro Island, or Gardner Island, in the western Pacific Ocean.

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