Louise Leakey

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Louise Leakey
Born (1972-03-21) 21 March 1972 (age 43)
Nairobi, Kenya
Fields Paleontology
Alma mater United World College of the Atlantic
University of Bristol
University College, London
Known for Youngest documented person to find hominoid fossil
Spouse Prince Emmanuel de Merode (m. 2003)
Children Princess Seiyia de Mérode
Princess Alexia de Mérode
Princess Louise de Merode
Spouse Prince Emmanuel de Merode (m. 2003)
Issue Princess Seiyia
Princess Alexia
House Mérode (by marriage)
Father Richard Leakey
Mother Meave Epps

Princess Louise de Merode (née: Leakey, born 21 March 1972) is a Kenyan paleontologist. She does research and field work on human fossils in Eastern Africa.[1]


Louise Leakey was born in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1972, the same year that her grandfather Louis Leakey died. She first became actively involved in fossil discoveries in 1977, at the age of six, when she became the youngest documented person to find a hominoid fossil.[2]

Louise Leakey received her International Baccalaureate from United World College of the Atlantic, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and Biology from the University of Bristol. She received a PhD from the University College, London,[3] in 2001.

In 1993, Louise Leakey joined her mother Meave Leakey, as a co-leader of paleontological expeditions in Northern Kenya. The Koobi Fora research project, has been the main program behind some of the most notable hominid fossil discoveries of the past two decades, the most recent being Kenyanthropus platyops.[1]

Louise Leakey has promoted an initiative to place digital models of fossil collections in a virtual laboratory African Fossils where models can be downloaded, 3D printed or cut in cardboard for reassembly.

In 2003, Louise Leakey married Prince Emmanuel de Merode, a Belgian primatologist. She is styled princesse de Merode by marriage. The couple have two daughters:

  • Princess Seiyia de Merode; born in 2004
  • Princess Alexia de Merode; born in 2006.[4]


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  1. ^ a b Mitchell, Ryan 2003. Anthropologist Louise Leakey carries "family banner". [1]
  2. ^ Pearson, Stephanie (2003-12). "Louise Leakey" in "XX Factor". Outside Magazine, December 2003. Retrieved from http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/xx-factor/123394128.html.
  3. ^ "Bios: Louise Leakey". Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Bowman-Kruhm, Mary (2005). The Leakeys: A Biography. ISBN 0-313-32985-0.

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