Alan Walker (anthropologist)

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Alan Walker (born August 23, 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]


  • The Wisdom of Bones, Weidenfeld and Nicholson, London, 1996
  • Leakey, Meave; Walker, Alan (June 1997), "Early Hominid Fossils from Africa", Scientific American, 276 (6): 74–79, doi:10.1038/scientificamerican0697-74 
  • The Ape in the Tree: An Intellectual and Natural History of Proconsul, The Belknap Press of Harvard UP, Cambridge, Mass., 2005

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  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Fellows List - August 1988". MacArthur Foundation. Retrieved 2006-12-07. 
  3. ^ Alan Walker's page at Pennsylvania State University
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ "Alan Walker Biography". Royal Society. Retrieved 16 January 2017. 

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