Google’s Logo For Mary Leakey’s 100th Birthday


Google has a Google Logo, aka Google Doodle, today for Mary Leakey’s 100th birthday.

Mary Leakey was a British archaeologist and anthropologist who earned hear fame after discovering the first fossilized Proconsul skull. The Proconsul skull is of an extinct ape which is believed to be from humans descent.

She is also credited with discovering the Zinjanthropus skull at Olduvai Gorge, developing a system for classifying the stone tools found at Olduvai, and discovering the Laetoli footprints. In her 83 years of life, she has contributed a lot to the field of archaeology.

She was married to Louis Leakey, who she worked with for most of his career. Her husband died on October 1, 1972 and she died while in Kenya, East Africa on December 9, 1996. She left three children; Richard Leakey, Philip Leakey, and Jonathan Leakey.

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  • John Cash

    Leaky Smeaky! Google pisses me off. I’m changing my home page. I don’t care about the 100th anniversary of somebody that supposedly dug up an ape skull and claims I’m a descendant of it! It’s these kind of people that change the meaning of A.D. (Greek: Anno Domini)- but to my simple brain always meant “after death” (though He rose again:).. and C.E. or B.C.E… Simply because they don’t like Christ! C.E. used to mean Christian Era until about 50 years ago some knucklehead archaeologist decided it should mean “Common Era”.

    Give us a break! The world-wide system of dating has to be respected and that requires a “before Christ and after Christ”. whether Muslims or Jews or anybody else likes it or not (this is where I get accused of being a racist, because I’m factual).

    All longitude is measured from an English observatory near London whether Anglophobe’s like it or not. I won’t hold my breath until Google celebrates the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

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