He also considered the possibility that they were the bones of a Pacific Islander.
He concluded that there was no documentation on the men and no evidence that any of them had survived the shipwreck to die as a castaway.
Many assumed that her plane had crashed into the waters, and she and her navigator, Fred Noonan, were never seen again.
A group of researchers, including Jantz, believe she died as a castaway on the island of Nikumaroro.
Dirkmaat is in charge of both the successful undergraduate program in Applied Forensic Sciences and the Masters of Science in Anthropology, Forensic and Biological Anthropology Concentration considered one of the top master's program in the discipline in North America. Symes, is the other) board-certified forensic anthropologists in the state of Pennsylvania, as well as one of two Anthropology Fellows of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in the state. Dirkmaat has conducted over 300 forensic anthropology cases for nearly 30 coroners, medical examiners and the state police in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
He is Professor of Anthropology and teaches courses in physical anthropology, human skeletal biology, and forensic anthropology. The cases include nearly 50 field recoveries involving the processing of evidence from human death scenes, and the comprehensive forensic anthropological analysis of over 100 sets of human remains. 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.A historic seamstress took the measurements, which included the inseam length and waist circumference of Earhart's trousers.Based on this information, Jantz concludes that "until definitive evidence is presented that the remains are not those of Amelia Earhart, the most convincing argument is that they are hers." Questioning Hoodless's analysis had less to do with his competence and more to do with the state of forensic anthropology at the time, Jantz said.Implications of the effects of long-term opioid use on bones are critical, given that many of the skeletal remains examined by forensic anthropologists come from marginalized individuals with a history of substance abuse and overall poor health, explains Andronowski, whose previous experience includes working with the Forensic Anthropology Unit at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner in New York City."Current evidence suggests that opioids upset the balance of bone remodeling towards more destruction and less formation of bone," Andronowski says."Deaths related to opioid addiction have become far too common in America, and the misuse and addiction to opioids is a serious public health crisis," Andronowski says."The effects of disease on human bones can impact age-at-death estimates, and prolonged drug use is no exception." For example, a victim may have been in their twenties as the time of death, but the impact of long-term opioid addiction on their bones could tag them as being in their fifties, or older.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.