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See Article History Alternative Titles: Leakey, born August 7,Kabete, Kenya—died October 1,LondonEnglandKenyan archaeologist and anthropologist whose fossil discoveries in East Africa proved that human being s were far older than had previously been believed and that human evolution was centred in Africa, rather than in Asia, as earlier discoveries had suggested.
Leakey was also noted for his controversial interpretations of these archaeological finds. Born of British missionary parents, Leakey spent his youth with the Kikuyu people of Kenyaabout whom he later wrote.
He held various appointments at major British and American universities and was curator of the Coryndon Memorial Museum in Nairobi from to In Leakey began his research at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzaniawhich became the site of his most famous discoveries.
The first finds were animal fossils and crude stone tools, but in Mary Leakey uncovered a fossil hominin member of the human lineage that was given the name Zinjanthropus now generally regarded as a form of Paranthropus, similar to Australopithecus and was believed to be about 1.
Leakey later theorized that Zinjanthropus was not a direct ancestor of modern man; he claimed this distinction for other hominin fossil remains that his team discovered at Olduvai Gorge in —63 and that Leakey named Homo habilis.
Leakey held that H. They contended that H. Subsequent finds by the Leakey family and others, however, established that H. The Louis Leakey Memorial Institute for African Prehistory in Nairobi was founded by his son Richard Leakey as a fossil repository and postgraduate study centre and laboratory.
Learn More in these related Britannica articles:Since then, the Leakey family have continued to excavate the gorge, uncovering further evidence for australopithecines, as well as for Homo habilis and Homo erectus.
The scientific community took 20 years to widely accept Australopithecus as a member of the family tree. Reprinted in Human origins: Louis Leakey and the East African evidence, cited in this section.
Cole, Sonia Mary. Leakey’s luck: The life . The Leakeys: A Biography [Mary Bowman-Kruhm] on rutadeltambor.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. It’s hard to imagine the study of human origins without the Leakey family.
Three generations of Leakeys have scratched in the bakedReviews: 3. Louis Seymour Bazett Leakey (7 August – 1 October ), also known as L. S. B. Leakey, was a Kenyan paleoanthropologist and archaeologist whose work was important in demonstrating that humans evolved in Africa, particularly through discoveries made at Olduvai Gorge with his wife, fellow paleontologist Mary Leakey.
Advised by one teacher to seek employment in a bank, he secured help from an English teacher in applying to Cambridge. He received a scholarship for his high scores on the entrance exams.
Louis switched his focus to anthropology, and found a new mentor in Alfred Cort Haddon, Prominent family members Edit. Louis Leakey was married to Fields: Archaeology, Paleoanthropology, Paleontology.
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