LEAKEY, MEAVE / Anthropology / Researchers

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Anthropology / LEAKEY, MEAVE


Head of the Paleontology Division at the National Museums of Kenya.

Research interests

In the past century, the Leakey family name has become synonymous with major discoveries in the study of early humans. Meave Leakey continues to build on her family’s legacy with her discovery in 1999 of a 3.5 million-year-old skull believed to belong to a new branch of the early human family. Also, in 1994, she discovered a new species of hominid, Australopithecus anamensis, that began to walk upright at least 4 million years ago, half a million years earlier than was previously thought possible for early humans.



Lothagam: The Dawn of Humanity in Eastern Africa by John Harris and Meave Leakey, Eds. (December 2001).

Stratigraphy and Paleontology of Pliocene and Pleistocene Localities West of Lake Turkana, Kenya by John Harris, Meave Leakey, Eds. et al. (October 1988).

The Fossil Hominids and an Introduction to Their Context, 1968-1974 (Koobi For a Research Project, Vol. 1) by Meave Leakey, Richard E. Leakey, Eds. (May 1978).

Koobi For a Research Project (Koobi For a, Researches into Geology, Palaeontology, and Human Origins) by Meave Leakey, ed. et al (Out of Print).


\"Finding Homo Sapiens\' Lost Relatives\" by Kate Wong
Scientific American, October 2001

\"The Week in Science: The Flat-Faced Guy From Kenya\" by Nicholas Wade
The New York Times Week in Science, March 2001

Transcript of Voice of America Program Science in The News, April 3, 2001
Concerning \'Kenyan Flat-Faced Man\' discovery

\"First Born\" from the Discovery Channel\'s Dawn of Man which features Meave Leakey’s work

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