from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Leakey, Louis Seymour Bazett 1903-1972. British anthropologist and archaeologist. Based on a series of fossil discoveries in Tanzania made largely by his wife, Mary Leakey (1913-1996), including early australopithecine and hominid skulls, he argued influentially that humans had evolved in Africa. Their son Richard Leakey (born 1944) has continued their research.

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  • n. English paleontologist (son of Louis Leakey and Mary Leakey) who continued the work of his parents; he was appointed director of a wildlife preserve in Kenya but resigned under political pressure (born in 1944)
  • n. English paleontologist (the wife of Louis Leakey) who discovered the Zinjanthropus skull that was 1,750,000 years old (1913-1996)
  • n. English paleontologist whose account of fossil discoveries in Tanzania changed theories of human evolution (1903-1972)


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