Meave Leakey

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Maeve G. Leakey (born Maeve Epps on 28 July 1942 in London, England) is a palaeoanthrpologist 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 a Doctor of Philosophy from University College, London.

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.

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

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