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Louis S.B. Leakey
(7 Aug 1903 - 1 Oct 1972)

English anthropologist and archaeologist.

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If you find nothing, you are never to come begging at our door again.
To paleontologist Richard Leakey, regarding funding of Richard’s first dig in Kenya. As quoted in Sonia Mary Cole, Leakey's Luck: The Life of Louis Seymour Bazett Leakey, 1903-1972 (1975), 297.
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Leakey’s work on the Olduvai Canyon man has depended a great deal on the observance of a notched break in the shinbones of good-sized animals, which is assumed to have been made by striking a bone with a sharp rock before breaking it over the knee to expose the bone marrow which is edible and nourishing. When he found broken bones with the tell-tale notch, he knew that man must have been there and so began his search.
In 'Man’s Place in the Physical Universe', Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (Sep 1965), 21, No. 7, 15.
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I feel like Leakey handing it off to Jane Goodall.
Explaining how during the ocean search for Amelia Earhart’s airplane, at age 77, he was sharing leadership with Allison Fundis, whom he hoped would take his place in future ocean exploration. He compared the transition to paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey as mentor to Jane Goodall.
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See also:
  • 7 Aug - short biography, births, deaths and events on date of Leakey's birth.
  • Ancestral Passions: The Leakey Family and the Quest for Humankind's Beginnings, by Virginia Morell. - book suggestion.

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