Richard Jantz’s re-examination of bones purported to belong to legendary American pilot Amelia Earhart recently made waves around the country and the world.
Using several modern quantitative techniques, Jantz re-examined seven bone measurements conducted in 1940 by physician D. W. Hoodless. Hoodless had concluded that the bones belonged to a man. Jantz found that the bones have more similarity to Earhart than to 99 percent of individuals in a large reference sample. Jantz is professor emeritus of anthropology and director emeritus of UT’s Forensic Anthropology Center.
National and international media highlighted the study. They include Time, The Telegraph (UK), UK Daily Mail, IFL Science, Boston Herald, China Post, Inside Edition, NBC, Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard, National Geographic, Forensic Mag, Yahoo, National Public Radio, Bustle, ABC, CNET, Discover Mag, Newsweek, New York Post, the Economist, New York Daily News, Town & Country, Boston Globe, South China Morning Post, Popular Mechanics, Knoxville News Sentinel, WATE-TV Channel 6, and WVLT-TV Local 8 Now.
Additionally, Jantz’s research and the subsequent media coverage became the focus of a Twitter Moment, a collection of tweets and stories about a trending topic.