What did Mary and Louis Leakey do?
Mary and Louis Leakey were palaeontologists responsible for the discovery of many fossils of early hominids. They are most well known for their discoveries of early human ancestors.
Noteworthy British Archaeologists and Anthropologists in Africa.
Mary Leakey is famous for her finds in Olduvai Gorge and Laetoli which included the first skull of a fossil ape in 1959 and the discovery of an 89 foot trail of early human footprints which dated back to 3.6 million years ago. She's also the wife of Louis Leakey, world renowned paleontologist who declared mankind evolved in Africa!
British/Kenyan archaeologist and anthropologist who became famous for his academic work centered on human origins. Louis Leakey, his wife Mary, and their second son Richard made the key discoveries that have shaped our understanding of the first men. Richard Leakey and his wife, Maeve, sustain a family legacy of research that is now, with the work of their daughter Louise, three generations deep.
Louis and Mary Leakey were famous and highly accomplished archaeologists and anthropologists working in Africa. Louis died in 1972, and Mary took over direction of the family fossil business. She died in 1996. The found fossils that showed there were Homo Habilis. Louis Leaky found a stone tool in 1931 and in 1959 he found many bones-like skulls, jawbones, and foot bones. Theses were evidence of Homo Habilis.