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Leakey, Richard (Erskine Frere)

Leakey, Richard Erskine Frere (frĭr), 1944-, Kenyan paleoanthropologist, conservationist, and government official. The son of Louis and Mary Leakey, he spent much of his early life at archaeological sites in E Africa. His own career began in 1968 when, as a paleoanthropologist without formal academic training, he received funding from the National Geographic Society to conduct research on human evolution at Lake Turkana (1969-75), where a Homo habilis dating from 1.9 million years ago was discovered (1972). With Roger Lewin, Leakey has written Origins (1977), The Making of Mankind (1981), and Origins Reconsidered (1992). In addition to conducting archaeological investigations, Leakey headed the National Museums of Kenya (1974-89) and the Department of Archaeological Sites. An outspoken advocate of wildlife conservation, h...    Continue Reading
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