Today, August 7th, is Louis S.B Leakeys Birthday! On this day we celebrate and commemorate the fantastical man that we know to be Louis Leakey.
The patriarch of the Fossil Hunting Dynasty, and inspiration for the foundation and continued research and exploration of The Leakey Foundation.
The man who started the great studies of the Great Apes, our closest relatives, including Jane Goodall, who’s studies continue, Diane Fossey, who unfortunately met an untimely and violent end, as well as Biruté Galdika.
Born on August 7, 1903 in Kabete, Kenya to a British family, Louis grew up learning how to play, survive and learn the ways of the African savannas.
He was educated at the University of Cambridge and began his archaeological research in East Africa in 1924; he was later aided by his second wife, the archaeologist Mary Douglas Leakey (née Nicol), and their sons.
He held various appointments at major British and American universities and was curator of the Coryndon Memorial Museum in Nairobi from 1945 to 1961.
The work of The Leakey Foundation is of great importance to modern man, as well as our future and our place in nature. The Leakey Foundation funds, and provides grants to early-career researchers, post-docs, and other paleoanthropologists! With your help, I am hoping we can raise a few hundred dollars to donate to this organization.
If you care about where we, as a species comes from, and where we are going, donate today, even $1 can be of great help. And if you can’t donate? Just share this post. Thank you, everyone. On behalf of Anthropologists everywhere!And a very happy birthday to Louis Leakey!
You can donate directly to The Leakey Foundation here:
If possible, it would be great if you can mentioned where you were referred from!
Thanks so much for the continued support and dedication! We are hoping to do so much going forward, and we are so excited to take you along with us!
Never Stop Learning!!!