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The Leakey Family
  • Format
  • Trim Size: 6 X 9
  • ISBN-10: 160413674X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-60413-674-6
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $35.00
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 06/01/2012
  • Dewey Number: 599
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 148


In the 20th century, the family name "Leakey" became synonymous with paleoanthropology and the search for human origins. Born to British missionaries in Kenya in the early 20th century, patriarch Louis S.B. Leakey explored East Africa and what is now Tanzania, finding skulls of human ancestors to fill in the evolutionary roadmap to modern man. Leakey worked alongside his wife, Mary, herself an experienced archaeologist and anthropologist at a time when women did not pursue science as a career.  The Leakey Family outlines this fascinating family's struggles and accomplishments, including its legacy in paleoanthropology, expressed both in the anchoring of human origins in Africa and the development of techniques still used every day in the field by researchers.


Full-color photographs and line illustrations. Index. Glossary. Chronology. Sidebars. Web resources. Further reading.

About the Author(s)

Harry Henderson has been a science and technical writer for nearly 30 years, in areas including computers and computer science, mathematics, and physical science, with an emphasis on biography. Henderson's recent publications for Facts On File and Chelsea House include biographies of Richard Feynman and Alan Turing, as well as the critically acclaimed Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology, Revised Edition.

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