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(1903-1972). Louis Leakey. Early Life. Born August 7 th , 1903 in Kenya Son of English Missionaries. Education. Grew up along side Kikuyu tribe Tutored in Africa Attended all male school in England Cambridge University, PhD, Anthropology. Personal Life. Married Mary Leakey in 1936.

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(1903-1972)

Louis Leakey


Early Life

  • Born August 7th, 1903 in Kenya

  • Son of English Missionaries


Education

  • Grew up along side Kikuyu tribe

  • Tutored in Africa

  • Attended all male school in England

  • Cambridge University, PhD, Anthropology


Personal Life

  • Married Mary Leakey in 1936


Archeological findings

  • 1930’s – Finds many fossils, tools and other artifacts at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania


Archeological findings

  • 1948 – discovers Proconsul africanus

  • Possible ancestor of both humans and primates

  • Lived approximately 23 to 14 million years ago


Anthropological findings

  • 1959- Leakey team finds “Zinjanthropusboisei” which was later named Australopithecus boisei


Archeological findings

  • 1964- Leakey team finds skull and hand of Homo habilis in Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania


Leakey’s Angels

  • Jane Goodall

  • Dian Fossey

  • BiruteGaldikus


Later Years

  • Lecturer, fund raiser, writer

  • Died in London, October 1, 1972


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