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Mary Leakey!
Full Name:
Mary Douglas Leakey (née Nicol)
Birthplace:
London, England
Lifetime:
1913 – 1996
Fields:
Paleoanthropology
How many scientists can say they discovered a new species? Paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey was one of those elite few – in fact, she discovered no fewer than fifteen new species over the course of her career!
Mary Leakey IS KNOWN FOR...
  • Discovering the first fossilised skull of Proconsul, an extinct ape

  • Finding a Zinjanthropus skull in Tanzania

  • Discovering 15 new animal species

Fun Fact
Mary Leakey died in 1996, but she has since been commemorated on both a Royal Mail postage stamp and a Google ‘doodle’!
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