Leaky Family

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This skull discovery significantly changed the timeline of human evolution and enabled the Leakeys to receive funding from the National Geographic Society. By 1961 Mary had discovered Homo habilis and she was living in Olduvai without Louis who visited occasionally. Louis spent the remainder of his life travelling around the world promoting their projects and raising money. He passed away in London on October 1, 1972. She continued their work and during the 1970s Mary and her team discovered the remains of 25 early hominids, a vast quantity of fossils, 15 new animal species and an 89 foot long trail of early footprints. The prints were well-preserved and dated back 3.6 mya in Laetoli. This discovery proved that our ancestors practiced bipedal locomotion. Mary retired in 1983 and continued her passion by writing articles about her life and discoveries. Mary passed away in 1993.
Louis and Mary's second son, Richard was born in 1944. He found his first fossil at the age of six which was part of an extinct pig. From 1968 to 1989, Richard was the director of the National Museum of Kenya and led his first expedition in 1968. During that time he coordinated at field expeditions of the shores of Lake Turkana. With his team he found Stone Age tools that dated back 1.9 mya, skulls of Homo habilis and Homo erectus, the remains of a Robust australopithecines and the most famous discovery of an almost complete skeleton of a Homo erectus youth dating back 1.6 mya. The skeleton has been named Turkana Boy. In 1970 he married a fellow palaeontologist Meave Epps and they had two children, Louise in 1972 and Samira in 1974. In 1989 he became the director of the Kenya Wildlife Service where he was unable to continue fieldwork. In this position, he oversaw efforts to end elephant poaching. He then went on to become involved th View More »

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