Mary Leakey (Paleontologist) Death – Age of Death and Cause of Death

Mary Leakey

The paleontologist Mary Leakey passed away at age 83, impressive.

Biography - A Short Wiki

British paleoanthropologist who worked for most of her career in the Olduvai Gorge, in eastern Africa, uncovering the tools and fossils of ancient hominines believed to be more than 3.75 million-years-old. She is also known for discovering the Laetoli footprints as well as ifteen new species of other animals, and one new genus.

She found interest in the archaeological items she found in Elie Peyrony’s excavation site.

She discovered the first fossilized Proconsul skull, an extinct ape now believed to be ancestral to humans.

How did Mary Leakey die?

Information about the death of Mary Leakey
Cause of deathN/A
Age of death83 years
BirthdayFebruary 6, 1913
Death dateDecember 9, 1996
Place of deathNairobi, Kenya
Place of burialN/A


"Basically, I have been compelled by curiosity."

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"I quite liked having a baby - I think I won't put it more strongly than that. But I had no intention of allowing motherhood to disrupt my work as an archeologist."

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"I got too old to live in the bush. You really need to be youngish and healthy, so it seemed stupid to keep going."

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"I'd rather be in a tent than in a house."

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"No amounts of stone and bone could yield the kinds of information that the paintings gave so freely."

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