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Family of British and Kenyan archaeologists, anthropologists, and paleontologists, including Louis (1903-1972), who used a series of fossil discoveries in Tanzania made largely by his wife Mary (1913-1996) to argue influentially that humans had evolved in Africa. Several members of their family have continued their research.
1. (Biography) Louis Seymour Bazett (ˈbæzɪt). 1903–72, British anthropologist and archaeologist, settled in Kenya. He discovered fossil remains of manlike apes in E Africa
2. (Biography) his son Richard. born 1944, Kenyan anthropologist, who discovered the remains of primitive man over 2 million years old in E Africa
1. Louis Seymour Bazett, 1903–72, British anthropologist.
2. Mary (Douglas), 1913–96, British anthropologist (wife of Louis Leakey).
3. their son, Richard (Erskine Frere), born 1944, Kenyan anthropologist.
Family of British scientists. Louis (1903-1972) is known for fossil discoveries of early humans made in close collaboration with his wife, Mary (1913-1996). In 1959, while working in Tanzania, Africa, Mary Leakey uncovered skull and teeth fragments of a species called Zinjanthropus, now thought to be about 1.75 million years old. The next year the Leakeys discovered remains of a larger-brained species, called Homo habilis. Their discoveries provided powerful evidence that human ancestors were of greater age than was previously thought, and that they had evolved in Africa rather than in Asia. Their son Richard (born 1944) and his wife Meave (born 1942) have continued the family's research and discoveries. In 2001 Meave Leakey discovered a skull belonging to an entirely new genus, called Kenyanthropus platyops and believed to be 3.5 million years old.
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|Noun||1.||Leakey - English paleontologist (son of Louis Leakey and Mary Leakey) who continued the work of his parents; he was appointed director of a wildlife preserve in Kenya but resigned under political pressure (born in 1944)|
|2.||Leakey - English paleontologist (the wife of Louis Leakey) who discovered the Zinjanthropus skull that was 1,750,000 years old (1913-1996)|
|3.||Leakey - English paleontologist whose account of fossil discoveries in Tanzania changed theories of human evolution (1903-1972)|