Forensic Anthropology Papers

Forensic Anthropology Papers-59
A historic seamstress took the measurements, which included the inseam length and waist circumference of Earhart's trousers.

Education: Recent Publications: Reprints available upon request (*) With graduate students Overbury RS, LL Cabo, DC Dirkmaat and SA Symes (in press): Asymmetry of the Os Pubis: Implications for the Suchey-Brooks Method.

Richard Jantz, professor emeritus of anthropology and director emeritus of UT's Forensic Anthropology Center, re-examined seven bone measurements conducted in 1940 by physician D. Jantz, using several modern quantitative techniques -- including Fordisc, a computer program for estimating sex, ancestry, and stature from skeletal measurements -- found that Hoodless had incorrectly determined the sex of the remains.

In September 2001, he served as the primary scientific advisor to Somerset County Coroner Wallace Miller during the recovery and identification of victims of United Flight 93. Anthropol., 8pp (*) Dirkmaat, DC, LL Cabo, SD Ousley, and SA Symes (2008).

In addition, he has served as a consultant for international companies involved in recovery and identification of victims of plane crashes from around the world including Kenya and Angola (with the United Nations). Dirkmaat has presented over 70 lectures and papers discussing forensic investigation and anthropology at numerous regional, national and international meetings.

The data revealed that the bones have more similarity to Earhart than to 99 percent of individuals in a large reference sample. Jantz also compared the bone lengths with Earhart's.

Her humerus and radius lengths were obtained from a photograph with a scalable object. Her tibia length was estimated from measurements of her clothing in the George Palmer Putnam Collection of Amelia Earhart Papers at Purdue University.

The woman's shoe and American sextant box also are not artifacts likely to have been associated with a survivor of the wreck.

Nor was there evidence that a Pacific Islander had ended up as a castaway.

In reaching his conclusion, Jantz investigated other theories about the bones.

He looked at the possibility that they may have belonged to one of 11 men who were presumed killed at Nikumaroro in the 1929 wreck of the Norwich City on the island's western reef, more than four miles from where the bones were found.


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