Mary Douglas Leakey, FBA is an English paleontologist who discovered the first fossilized skull of Proconsul, an extinct ape now considered a human ancestor. She also discovered the mighty Zinjanthropus skull at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania, East Africa. For most of her career, she worked with her husband, Louis Leakey, in the Olduvai Gorge, where they discovered fossils of ancient hominids and early hominins, as well as stone tools by the team. . Mary Leakey developed a classification system for stone tools found in Olduvai. She discovered footprints of the Laetoli people, and at the Laetoli site, she discovered hominid fossils over 3.75 million years old. During his career, Leakey discovered fifteen new species of animals. She also proposed the name of a new genre. In 1972, after her husband's death, Leakey became excavation manager at Olduvai.
|Born||Mary Douglas Nicol, February 6, 1913, London, England|
|Died||December 9, 1996, Nairobi, Kenya|
|Known for||Zinjanthropus fossil, Laetoli footprints|
|Notable awards||Hubbard Medal (1962), Prestwich Medal (1969)|
|Children||Jonathan Leakey, Richard Leakey, Philip Leakey|
The British paleontologist, who worked most of his career in the Olduvai Gorge in East Africa, discovered tools and fossils of ancient humans believed to be over 3.75 million years old. . She is also known for the discovery of Laetoli's footprints along with ten other new animals and a new genus.
She was interested in the archaeological objects she found on the excavation site of Elie Peyrony.
She discovered the first fossilized skull of Proconsul, an extinct ape now believed to be the ancestor of mankind.
She works with her husband, Louis Leakey, an English archaeologist whom she married in 1936 and has three songs with.
She is a famous scientist and is greatly inspired by the theories of Charles Darwin.
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Latest information about Mary Leakey updated on May 10 2021.