Photo “proving” that Amelia Earhart survived turns out to be bogus

Why Evolution Is True

Only five days ago I wrote a post about a new photograph that, some experts thought, constituted strong evidence that Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan had survived their crash in 1937 and had been captured by the Japanese. The photo, revealed on a History Channel program, purported to show Noonan and Earhart on a dock on the Japanese-controlled atoll of Jaluit, with Earhart looking at what seemed to be the remnants of her plane being towed by a ship. The speculative story ends with her and Noonan later dying in Japanese custody on Saipan.

The photo:

The interpretation:

As I said in my earlier post, I’m credulous about stuff like this, and I was excited at the finding. Sadly, though, it wasn’t Earhart and Noonan, and the excitement, well, it was all due to credulous folk like me. I did wonder how they knew the photo was taken…

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