Leakey, Richard Erskine Frere (1944–)
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).