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Leakey, Mary D. (Mary Douglas), 1913-1996

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Personal name headingLeakey, Mary D. (Mary Douglas), 1913-1996
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Variant(s)Leakey, M. D. (Mary Douglas), 1913-1996
Leakey, Mary, 1913-1996
Leakey, Mary Douglas Nicol
Nicol, Mary Douglas, 1913-1996
Associated countryEngland
Birth date19130206
Death date19961209
Place of birthLondon (England)
Place of deathNairobi (Kenya)
AffiliationUniversity of London
Profession or occupationAnthropologists Archaeologists
Found inHer Excavations at the Njoro River cave, 1950.
Her Africa's vanishing art, 1983: CIP t.p. (Mary Leakey)
Laetoli, a Pliocene site in northern Tanzania, 1986: CIP t.p. (M.D. Leakey) pub. info. (Dir., Olduvai Gorge Excavations; address: Nairobi, Kenya)
CA online, Dec. 12, 2006 (Mary (Douglas Nicol) Leakey, b. Feb. 6, 1913; d. Dec. 9, 1996)
Information from 678 converted Dec. 18, 2014 (wife of L. S. B. Leakey; o.d. of late Erskine E. Nicol)
Dictionary of African Biography, accessed February 23, 2015, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Leakey, Mary Douglas; Mary Douglas Nicol; anthropologist, archaeologist; born 6 February 1913 in London, England; attended lectures in archaeology and geology at the University of London; was hired to be a personal assistant of Dorothy Liddell, a pioneering female archaeologist who directed excavations at the Windmill Hill site; worked as a volunteer at the Neolithic site of Hembury; worked under Professor Mortimer Wheeler at the Roman town of Verulamium; joined her future husband in his archaeological research in Kenya (1935); uncovered ancient sites in Africa's Rift Valley; discovered the anthropoid remains of Proconsul africanus (1948); pieced together hundreds of fragments to form a skull of Australopithecus boisei, which lived 1.75 million years ago (1959); credited with the major find of Homo habilis, the first hominid known to have used tools (1961); discovered a well-preserved eighty-nine-foot trail of footprints at Laetoli that were roughly 3.6 million years old; supervised many digs on the Olduvai Gorge (1960-1983); died 9 December 1996 in Nairobi, Kenya)