One of the world’s biggest mysteries has always been the sudden disappearance of Amelia Earheart as she attempted to fly around the world – a feat no other woman had accomplished before. Unfortunately, she went missing and her remains were never to be found – until now!
Three bone fragments turned up on a deserted South Pacific island that lay along the course Amelia Earhart was following when she vanished. Nearby were several tantalizing artifacts: some old makeup, some glass bottles and shells that had been cut open.
Scientists at the University of Oklahoma hope to extract DNA from the tiny bone chips in tests that could prove Earhart died as a castaway after failing in her 1937 quest to become the first woman to fly around the world.
However, there is no guarantee that these bones belong to Earheart.
“You only have to say you have a bone that may be human and may be linked to Earhart and people get excited. But it is true that, if they can get DNA, and if they can match it to Amelia Earhart’s DNA, that’s pretty good,” said Ric Gillespie, director of the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, a group of aviation enthusiasts in Delaware that found the pieces of bone this year while on an expedition to Nikumaroro Island, about 1,800 miles (2,900 kilometers) south of Hawaii.
It could be months before the scientists have the results. What do you think about the remains that were found?