Louise Leakey

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Louise Leakey, (born 21 March 1972) is a Kenyan paleontologist. She does research and field work on human fossils in Eastern Africa.[1]


Louise Leakey was born in Nairobi, Kenya, Africa in 1972, the same year that her grandfather Louis Leakey died. She first became actively involved in fossil discoveries in 1977, at the age of six, when she became the youngest person to find a hominoid fossil.[2]

Louise Leakey received her International Baccalaureate from United World College of the Atlantic, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and Biology from the University of Bristol. She received a PhD degree from the University College, London,[3] in 2001.

In 1993, Louise Leakey joined her mother Meave Leakey, as a co-leader of the paleontological expeditions in Northern Kenya. The Koobi Fora research project, has been the main program behind some of the most notable hominid fossil discoveries of the past two decades, the most recent being Kenyanthropus platyops.[1]

Louise Leakey has been behind an initiative to place digital models of the fossil collections in a virtual laboratory African Fossils where models can be downloaded, 3D Printed or cut in cardboard for reassembly.

In 2003, Louise Leakey married Emmanuel de Mérode, a Belgian primatologist. They have two daughters: Seiyia de Mérode; born in 2004; and Alexia de Mérode; born in 2006.[4]


Frida Avern
Louis Leakey
Mary Leakey, nee Nichol
Colin Leakey
Meave Epps
Richard Leakey
Margaret Cropper
Jonathan Leakey
Philip Leakey
Louise Leakey
Emmanuel de Mérode

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  1. ^ a b Mitchell, Ryan 2003. Anthropologist Louise Leakey carries "family banner". [1]
  2. ^ Pearson, Stephanie (2003-12). "Louise Leakey" in "XX Factor". Outside Magazine, December 2003. Retrieved from http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/xx-factor/123394128.html.
  3. ^ "Bios: Louise Leakey". Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Bowman-Kruhm, Mary (2005). The Leakeys: A Biography. ISBN 0-313-32985-0.

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