Richard Leakey, a world-famous Kenyan paleontologist and conservationist, died on Sunday at the age of 77, and his research supported a theory of modern-day African descent. The AFP agency informed about it.
“This afternoon, with deep sorrow, I received the sad news that Dr. Richard Erskine Frere Leakey had left us,” said Uhuru Kenyatta, president of East African Kenya, where Leakey was born, where he lived and carried out much of his research. The president did not announce the cause of his death.
Richard Leakey he was the son of Louis and Mary Leaky, world-famous paleontologists of British descent. Although he had no professional education, he took part in field research and scientific expeditions in Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia, which resulted in significant discoveries of the first hominid fossils.
According to AFP, his most significant discovery is considered to be the finding of an almost complete skeleton of a Homin ergaster family of about nine-year-old hominid family, for whom the name Turkana Boy has been adopted in the world media.
During his lifetime, Richard Leakey held several important positions in Kenyan state bodies and institutions. Among other things, he served as director of the Kenya National Museum and head of the Kenyan Conservation Agency, in which he led a ruthless campaign against elephant poachers.
He also founded the international conservation group WildlifeDirect and was also involved in the Kenyan branch of Transparency International.
In 1993, he survived the crash of a small Cessna aircraft, as a result of which he had to amputate both legs and replace them with prostheses.
Source: Pravda – Veda a technika by vat.pravda.sk.
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