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Louis Leakey, with wife Mary, was a famed paleoanthropologist who greatly contributed to world knowledge about humanity’s early ancestors.
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Mary and Louis Leakey reportedly had a strained relationship during the later years of their marriage, exacerbated by professional and personal tensions. Nonetheless, the Leakey family has continued to contribute greatly to the natural sciences, with Richard, his wife Meave and their daughter Louise all having worked in the fields of paleoanthropology and wildlife conservation.
Louis Leakey died on October 1, 1972, in London, England. Leakey published many books over his lifetime, including The Stone Age Cultures of Kenya Colony (1931), White African: An Early Autobiography (1937), Mau Mau and the Kikuyu (1952) and Unveiling Man's Origins (1969), with Vanne M. Goodall.
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