Kenyan Conservationist Richard Leaky Passes Away

Richard Leaky, a renowned Kenyan conservationist and fossil hunter, has died on 2 January 2022.
Abhinaya M

Updated: Jan 05, 2022 05:23:26 pm

05 January 2022 Current Affairs:Richard Leaky, a renowned Kenyan conservationist and fossil hunter, has died on 2 January 2022.

Highlights:
  • Richard Leakey, a well-known Kenyan politician, conservationist, and fossil hunter, has died. The discovery of 'Turkana Boy' in 1984 is credited to the legendary paleoanthropologist, and it led to able to introduce of proving that the human race evolved in Africa.
  • Turkana boy is the most full human ancestor Skelton ever discovered. 
  • The study of human evolvement through fossil and archaeology records is known as paleoanthropology. 
  • Leakey is also known for spearheading anti-ivory campaigns in order to save the African elephant population.
  • Richard Erskine Frere Leakey FRS was born on December 19, 1944, in London, England.
  • Kenyan paleoanthropologist, conservationist, and politician Richard Erskine Frere Leakey Leakey worked in Kenya for a number of years, mostly in archaeology and nature conservation institutions. 
  • He was the Director of Kenya's National Museum, the founder of the non-governmental organization WildlifeDirect, and the Chairman of the Kenya Nature Conservation Service.
  • In an educational collaboration with Stony Brook University, where he had been an anthropology professor, Leakey co-founded the Turkana Basin Institute. Until his death, he was the chair of the Turkana Basin Institute.
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