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Happy Birthday, Mary Leakey

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

google-doodle-mary-leakeyMOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA—Google celebrates what would have been Mary Leakey’s 100th birthday today with a Google Doodle. She is credited with the discovery of Proconsul africanus in 1948; Zinjanthropus boise, now known as Australopithecus boisei, in 1959; and human ancestor Homo habilis in 1960. She also uncovered the 3.6 million-year-old Laetoli Footprints, which show an early human walking upright, in Tanzania’s Olduvai Gorge. Mary Leakey died in 1996 at the age of 83.