What is Mary Leakey famous for?
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.
Mary Leakey was a British archaeologist and anthropologist, who discovered the first skull of a fossil ape on Rusinga Island and also a noted robust Australopithecine called Zinjanthropus at Olduvai. From 1976 to 1981 Mary and her staff worked to uncover the Laetoli hominid footprint trail which was left in volcanic ashes.
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.
People say she died of old age.... i dont think so..... People here are looking for answers. Please give that, not an "I think so." I was just doing some research on Mary Leakey. The only thing I could find was that her family announced her death but did not give the cause, saying only that she died peacefully.
There have been several notable female archaeologists. Kathleen Kenyon was a famous female archaeologist, known for her work on the excavations at Neolithic Jericho in the 1950's. Gertrude Caton-Thompson found evidence to prove that Great Zimbabwe was the product of a great African civilization. Mary Leakey famous for her work on early humans, particularly at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania and Latoli.