Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Fun fact: Mary Leakey was born 100 years ago today

The renowned archaeologist and anthropologist, who passed away in 1996, was born on February 6, 1913. Best known for discovering an extinct ape thought to be ancestral to humans, she also discovered tools, fossils and footprints of ancient hominids and is credited with the development of a system of classification for stone tools.

Louis Seymour Bazett Leakey (1903-1972) and his wife, archeologist and anthropologist Mary Douglas Nicol Leakey (1913-1996), digging at Oduvai Gorge, Tanzania, Africa.
Anthropology was truly a family affair for the Leakeys as Mary spent much of her career working with her husband Louis and she eventually trained her son Richard in the field as well.