OU Researchers Unable To Determine What Happened To Amelia Earhart

Wednesday, March 2nd 2011, 6:13 pm
By: News 9

Gan Matthews, News 9

NORMAN, Oklahoma -- OU researchers have not been able to confirm that a bone found on a Pacific island could possibly belong to famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart.

The researchers examined a bone submitted by the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery. OU says it can't determine if the bone is even human, much less that it belongs to Amelia Earhart.

"I would stick with Carl Sagan's quote that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, and we don't have extraordinary evidence at this time," said Dr. Cecil Lewis of the OU lab.

Had the bone been found to contain human DNA, the OU sample would have been compared to a DNA sample from a maternal descendant of Earhart.