This has been covered before. A lot. The titles and first paragraphs of articles involving this seem to trend toward the misleading, and may make people infer that these same remains were a recent discovery, over and over.
Misleading news titles abound. ABC News's Article Title today: "Found Bones May Solve Ameila Earhart Mystery" Video Article on ABC News, only slightly better, due to an interview.
As if we have never found the site of her crash before? HA!
Feeding the buzz of popularity, this mystery has been propagated for some time.
Dec 2, 1998, NPR's Article's title, "Bones, Shoes May Have Been Amelia Earhart's," Misleading title in regard to timeline. First paragraph within is misleading in regard to timeline. And this was 1998.
Lets go back to freakin' 1940
TIGHAR, The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, has pretty much handled this "mystery," but that doesn't prevent a hubbub. Their research on her started in 1988 and continues to now. Check them out in more depth if you're interested in the research. Refer to bottom of post for further reading by TIGHAR team member, Ric Gillespie.
In 1940 her bones were found, as well as many tantalizing artifacts. The first I ever first heard of this was on Cracked.com, which provides an awesome, irreverent History of the information we have gathered since her death. But Cracked.com is far far far from a reputable source! However, their information, with a bit of digging, adds up. It's funny, so I'll quote their hilarity:
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