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People/Characters: Mary Leakey

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Ancestral Passions by Virginia Morell
Born in Africa: The Quest for the Origins of Human Life by Martin Meredith
Cosmos by Carl Sagan
Evolution of Your Body by Media Lab Publishing
The Fossil Trail: How We Know What We Think We Know About Human Evolution by Ian Tattersall
Lucy by Donald C. Johanson
Mary Leakey : in search of human beginnings by Deborah Heiligman
Mary Leakey: Archaeologist Who Really Dug Her Work by Mike Venezia
The Neandertal Enigma by James Shreeve
Olduvai Gorge: My search for early man by Mary D. Leakey

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Mary Leakey (6 February 1913 – 9 December 1996) 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. For much of her career she worked together with her husband, Louis Leakey, in Olduvai Gorge, uncovering the tools and fossils of ancient hominines. She developed a system for classifying the stone tools found at Olduvai. She also discovered the Laetoli footprints. In 1960 she became director of excavation at Olduvai and subsequently took it over, building her own staff. After the death of her husband she became a leading palaeoanthropologist, helping to establish the Leakey tradition by training her son, Richard, in the field.

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