Women In STEAM Fields

Mary Leakey

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Paleoanthropologist who discovered the first fossilised Proconsul skull, an extinct ape which is now believed to be ancestral to humans. She also discovered the robust Zinjanthropus skull at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania. For much of her career, she worked with her husband, Louis Leakey, at Olduvai Gorge, where they uncovered fossils of ancient hominines and the earliest hominins, as well as the stone tools produced by the latter group. She discovered fifteen new species of animal, and also brought about the naming of a new genus. Moreā€¦