Thursday, January 03, 2008

Third Generation Leakey

Conference Room 4, an engineering blog to which I subscribe, has a weekly profile of a woman of science. This week, it is Louise Leakey, the granddaughter of Louis Leakey, the patriarch of African hominid studies. The article notes:

Louise Leakey received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and Biology from the University of Bristol. She then completed a PhD program in Paleontology at the University of London, where her dissertation focused on the influence of climate on faunal evolution at West Turkana between 3.3 and 1.6 million years ago. Like her parents, Richard and Meave Leakey, and her grandparents, the pre-eminent Louis and Mary Leakey, Louise focuses her study on the evolution of early human ancestors.

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