Meave Leakey

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Meave Leakey holding the medal of the City of Toulouse

Maeve G. Leakey (born Maeve Epps on 28 July 1942 in London, England) is a palaeoanthropologist at Stony Brook University and is co-ordinator of Plio-Pleistocene research at the Turkana Basin Institute . She studies early hominid evolution and has done extensive field research in the Turkana Basin. She has Doctor of Philosophy[1]

and Doctor of Science[2] degrees.

Flat-faced man of Kenya[edit]

Dr. Leakey's research team at Lake Turkana, Kenya made a discovery in 1999. They found a 3.5-million-year-old skull and partial jaw thought to belong to a new branch of the early human family. She named the find Kenyanthropus platyops, or flat-faced man of Kenya.

Personal life[edit]

Meave Leakey is married to Richard Leakey, a paleontologist. They have two children, Louise (born 1972) and Samira (born 1974). Her daughter Louise Leakey continues family traditions by conducting palaeontological research.

Leakey initially studied Zoology and Marine zoology at the University of North Wales. Her first contact with the Leakey family was working for the Tigoni Primate Research Centre while taking her PhD. At this time the centre was being administered by Louis Leakey.

She receieved her PhD in Zoology in 1968.[1] In 2004 she was awarded an honourary D.Sc from University College, London[2] for palaeontology. Leakey is currently a research professor for the Turkana Basin Institute (affiliated with Stony Brook University.[3] On 30 April 2013 Leakey was elected as a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences, with specialisms of geology and anthropology.[4] This made Leakey the first Kenyan and also the first African woman to be elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences.[5]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Rene Bob & Meave G. Leakey (2009), "Ecology of Plio-Pleistocene Mammals in the Omo-Turkana Basin and the Emergence of Homo", in Frederick E. Gine, John G. Fleagle, & Richard E. Leakey (editors), The First Humans: Origin and Early Evolution of the Genus Homo, Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology, Conference publication: Springer, pp. 175–184, ISBN 978-1-4020-9979-3, retrieved 30 April 2010 
  • Lothagam: The Dawn of Humanity in Eastern Africa by John Harris and Meave Leakey, Eds. (December 2001).
  • Leakey, Meave; Walker, Alan (June 1997), Early Hominid Fossils from Africa, Scientific American 276 (6): 74–79, doi:10.1038/scientificamerican0697-74 
  • Stratigraphy and Paleontology of Pliocene and Pleistocene Localities West of Lake Turkana, Kenya by John Harris, Meave Leakey, Eds. et al. (October 1988).
  • Harris, J.M; Brown, F.H; Leakey, M.G; Walker, A.C; Leakey, R.E (1 January 1989), Pliocene and Pleistocene Hominid-Bearing Sites from West of Lake Turkana, Kenya, Science 239 (4835): 27–33, doi:10.1126/science.239.4835.27 
  • M.G. Leakey, R.E. Leakey, J.M. Harris (editors) (1978), Koobi Fora Research Project: Researches into Geology, Palaeontology, and Human Origins, Volume 1: The Fossil Hominids and an Introduction to their Context 1968-1974, Clarendon Press, ISBN 978-0-19-857392-0 

Position in the Leakey family[edit]

 
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
 
 
 
 

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bios: Maeve Leakey". Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Honorary Graduates". UCL. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Department of Anthropology :: Faculty and Staff :: Turkana Basin Institute". Stony Brook University. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Member Directory". NAS Online. National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Meave Leakey elected to National Academy of Sciences". Press Release. Stony Brook University. 9 May 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 

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