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Leakey, Richard Erskine Frere (1944–)




Richard Leakey
Kenyan paleoanthropologist and archeologist, son of Mary and Louis Leakey. In 1972, at Lake Turkana, Kenya, Leakey discovered a 1.9 million-year-old skull of Homo habilis. Other discoveries include a Homo erectus skeleton about 1.6 million years old. After serving as head of the Kenyan National Museum, Leakey became director of the Kenyan Wildlife Service (1988–94).


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