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Louis Seymour Bazett Leakey

(1903—1972) archaeologist and palaeoanthropologist

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Homo habilis

Overview page. Subjects: Archaeology — Environmental Science.

A species of hominid that lived in East Africa between 1.9 and 1.8 million years ago. Homo habilis was the first hominid to make and use tools.

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Mary Leakey

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(1913–1996) British paleoanthropologist. See Leakey, Louis Seymour Bazett.

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Olduvai Gorge

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A gorge in northern Tanzania, in which the exposed strata contain numerous fossils (especially hominids) spanning the full range of the Pleistocene period.

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Richard Erskine Leakey

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(1944–) Kenyan anthropologist

Richard Leakey was born at Nairobi in Kenya, the son of the famous scholars Louis and Mary Leakey. Having left school at sixteen, he first worked as a...

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Tanzania

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Tanzania is politically stable, but development is slow and tarnished by corruption

Mainland Tanzania has a narrow flat coastal plain which rises to the vast plateau that makes up...

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Turkana, Lake

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies.

One of the lakes of the Great Rift Valley, where Kenyan fossil hunter Richard Leakey discovered important hominid fossils; formerly called Lake Rudolf.

Commonly called the Jade Sea...

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