The discovery of a nearly complete skeleton of a homologous nine-year-old boy, Homo ergaster, is considered one of Richard Leakey’s most important discoveries.
Richard Leakey, a world-renowned Kenyan paleontologist and conservationist, died Sunday at the age of 77, and his research supported the theory of contemporary African origin. This was reported by Agence France-Presse.
He had no vocational training
Uhuru Kenyatta, the president of eastern Kenya, where Leakey was born, where he lived and did much of his major book, said the cause of his death has not been announced.
Richard Leakey is the son of Louis and Mary Leakey, world-famous paleontologists of British descent. Although he had no professional education, he was involved in field research and scientific expeditions in Kenya, Tanzania, and Ethiopia, which led to important discoveries of the first hominid fossils.
According to Agence France-Presse, his most significant discovery is the finding of an almost complete skeleton of a Homin ergaster from about nine years old from the family of human ancestors, for which the name Turkana Boy has been adopted in the world media.
Fierce campaign against poachers
During his life, Richard Leakey held many important positions in Kenyan state bodies and institutions. Among other things, he served as Director of the Kenya National Museum and Head of the Kenya Conservation Agency, where he led a brutal campaign against elephant poachers.
He also founded the international protection group WildlifeDirect and was also involved in the Kenya chapter of Transparency International.
In 1993, he survived a small Cessna plane crash, forcing him to have both legs amputated and replaced with artificial limbs.
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