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Title:L.S.B. Leakey: the man and his contribution to the understanding of the evolution of man in Africa
Author:Onyango-Abuje, J.C.
Periodical:Journal of Eastern African Research and Development
Geographic terms:East Africa
Subject:human evolution
Abstract:The first section of this article is a brief discussion about the man Leakey; how he came to be interested in the study of Hominid evolution and the relevant training he underwent in preparation for his future occupation. The second section discusses Leakey's study of what he considered to be Miocene Hominoidea, including the controversies that have arisen in connection with his terminology. The third section deals with Leakey's contribution to the study of Pleistocene Hominidae and Homo sapiens; most of this section is dominated by Olduvai Gorge, except for a brief discussion of 'Homo kanamensis' and Kanjeran Homo sapiens. As in the case of the Miocene period, views opposed to Leakey's interpretations are included also in the discussion of Pleistocene Hominidae and Homo sapiens. The paper ends with a brief conclusion in which the author's personal assessment of Leakey's contribution to the study of Hominid evolution is presented. Notes.