Dr. Leakey's research team at Lake Turkana, Kenya made a discovery in 1999 that completely changed the understanding of early human ancestry. 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.
Meave Leakey is married to Richard Leakey, a famous paleontologist. They have two children, Louise (born 1972) and Samira (born 1974). Her daughter Louise Leakey continues family traditions by conducting palaeontological research.
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", Science239 (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, ISBN978-0-19-857392-0