The disappearance of American aviator Amelia Earhart has fascinated generations. Famed for being the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, she went on to set a number of other aviation records and even penned books about her experiences as an early female pilot.

Then, at the age of 39, she disappeared during an attempt to become the first woman to make a circumnavigational flight of the world in 1937.

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Now, the day after International Women’s Day, following the announcement by Barbie maker Mattel that Earhart is one of the inspirational women who has been made into the iconic children’s toys, news has broken that her disappearance could have finally been solved.

Earhart did not disappear over the Pacific Ocean near Howland Island alone in 1937. She was with 44-year-old navigator Fred Noonan.

Because of Earhart’s fame, a number of conspiracy theories emerged when her disappearance became known. The reality, however, simply suggests that she met her fate on the uninhabited island of Nikumaroro in the Pacific Ocean.

The news came after bones which were initially thought not to be Earhart’s were analyzed using modern forensic science.

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