Happy 100th Birthday Mary Leakey!!!!!
British archaeologist and anthropologist, Mary Leakey, was born one hundred years ago, today, in London, England. She died at the age of 83 in Kenya, Africa on December 9, 1996.
Leakey was best known for her discovery of the first fossilized Proconsul skull, an extinct ape now believed to be ancestral to humans, and also the discovery of the robust Zinjanthropus skull at Olduvai Gorge. She spent much of her career working side by side with her husband Louis Leakey. Louis died at a younger age in October 1972.
For more information, on her contributions to the study of human origins, please visit the Leaky Foundation website.