A small fragment of human bone, pre-WWII American bottles, women’s make-up, and a pocketknife were discovered recently on the tiny Nikumaroro Island in the south Pacific. The discovery of these artifacts brings to question the possibility that Amelia Earhart may have lived as a castaway on the Island, rather then dying at sea if her plane ditched over open water.
Earhart disappeared in 1937 during her heroic attempt to fly around the world. She is the most famous female aviator of all time. Last heard from via radio, she announced she was flying towards Howland island when it is assumed that her twin-engine Lockheed encountered trouble and ran out of fuel over the ocean on July 2, 1937. Despite meticulous searches, the aviator, nor her navigator Fred Noonan, were never located.
The tiny bone fragment and the artifacts found on Nikumaroro island are on their way to further scrutiny using molecular biology. If indeed DNA is extracted, familial DNA will conclusively tell the world if indeed this small island was Earhart’s final home. Claims about this, without all the evidence in, have been made by the Discovery Channel in a documentary being screened this weekend.