Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Leakey, Richard Erskine F.

Kenyan paleoanthropologist and environmental activist; son of Louis Leakey and Mary Leakey. Codirector of the Koobi Fora Research Project; Leakey and his team found the significant fossil remains called KNMWT 17000 (Paranthropus aethiopicus), KNM-ER 406 (Paranthropus boisei), KNM-ER 1470 (Homo rudolfensis), and KNM-WT 15000 (a Homo erectus or H. ergaster boy found near Nariokotome). Director of Kenya’s Department of Wildlife Conservation and Management (1989-94). Awarded the Hubbard Medal in 1993.

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