Richard Leakey

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Richard Erskine Frere Leakey (born December 19, 1944) is a paleontologist, archaeologist and an activist, known for his discovery of "Turkana Boy" and his fight to preserve wildlife of the African continent.


  • with Roger Lewin, Origins, Dutton, 1977
  • One Life: An Autobiography, Salem House, 1983
  • with Roger Lewin, Origins Reconsidered, Doubleday, 1992
  • The Origin of Humankind, BasicBooks & HarperCollins, 1994.
    • Originea omului, trans. Ion Oprescu and Ana Maria Glavce, Bucharest: Humanitas, 1995. (Romanian)
    • Die ersten Spuren. Über den Ursprung des Menschen, trans. Udo Rennert, Munich: Wilhelm Goldmann, 1999. (German)
  • with Frederick E. Grine and John G. Fleagle (eds.), The First Humans - Origin and Early Evolution of the Genus Homo, Springer, 2009.