Mary Leakey on site at Laetoli, Tanzania

Mary Leakey on site at Laetoli, Tanzania

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Credit: JOHN READER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Mary Leakey (1913-1996), palaeoanthropologist, seen here on site during excavations at Laetoli, Tanzania, in 1978. It was during this expedition that the famous Laetoli fossil hominid footprints were uncovered. The first of these footprints that Leakey found is seen at bottom centre. This 40 metre trail dated from 3.6 million years and showed that hominids had acquired the upright, bipedal, free- striding gait of modern man by this time. Mary Leakey was married to the palaeoanthropologist Louis Leakey.

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Keywords: excavation, fossil site, laetoli, leakey, mary, palaeoanthropologist, palaeoanthropology, paleoanthropology, portraits, surname l, tanzania

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