Alan Walker (anthropologist)

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Alan Walker (born 23 August 1938 in Leicester, England),[1] is Evan Pugh Professor of Biological Anthropology and Biology at the Pennsylvania State University. He received his B.A. from Cambridge University in 1962, and his Ph.D. from the University of London in 1967. He was also awarded a MacArthur Fellowship "genius grant" in 1988.[2]

Dr. Walker is a paleoanthropologist who works on primate and human evolution.[3]

Walker was a member of the team led by Richard Leakey responsible for the 1984 discovery of the skeleton of the so-called Turkana Boy, and in 1985 Walker himself discovered the Black Skull[4] near Lake Turkana in Kenya.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1999. [5]


  • 1966 (with Pat Shipman). The Wisdom of Bones. Weidenfeld and Nicholson, London.
  • 1993 (with Richard Leakey) eds. The Nariokotome Homo erectus Skeleton. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press.
  • 1997 (with Meave Leakey). Early Hominid Fossils from Africa. Scientific American 276, 6, 74–79 [3]
  • 2005. The Ape in the Tree: An Intellectual and Natural History of Proconsul. The Belknap Press of Harvard UP, Cambridge, Mass.

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