Richard Leakey: World-renowned Kenyan conservationist dies at 77

“I’ve this afternoon, Sunday 2nd January 2022, acquired with deep sorrow the unhappy information of the passing away of Dr. Richard Erskine Frere Leakey, Kenya’s former Head of Public Service,” Kenyatta’s assertion mentioned.

“On behalf of the individuals of Kenya, my household and alone behalf, I ship heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the household, mates and associates of Dr. Richard Leakey throughout this troublesome interval of mourning.”

Leakey got here from a household of famend archeologists. His mom, Mary Leakey, found proof in 1978 that man walked upright a lot sooner than had been thought. She and her husband, Louis Leakey, unearthed skulls of ape-like early people, shedding recent mild on our ancestors.

Richard Leakey is maybe finest recognized for his discovery of fossils, notably the 1984 excavation of the bones of “Turkana Boy,” an almost full skeleton of a younger male Homo erectus relationship to 1.6 million years in the past. He additionally turned a number one power within the effort to cease the poaching of elephants and rhinos in Kenya, in line with the Royal Society.

In addition to his work as a scientist, he held a lot of official positions in Kenya, together with director of the Nationwide Museums of Kenya and chairman of the Kenya Wildlife Service.