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jantzFor decades, many have assumed that legendary American pilot Amelia Earhart died in a plane crash. Researchers believe they have new evidence that supports the theory that she may have died as a castaway on a remote island.

Measurements indicate that a partial skeleton found on a remote Pacific island in 1940 could have belonged to Earhart, according to researchers with The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery.  Richard Jantz — a professor emeritus of anthropology and director emeritus of the UT Forensic Anthropology Center — along with other anthropologists reviewed the measurements and recently noted that the morphology of the bones appears consistent with a female of Earhart’s height and ethnic origin. Several national publications featured Jantz in their stories including CNN, USA Today, and the Huffington Post.