An Institute for the study of prehistory has been opened in Nairobi, Kenya, in memory of one of the most famous and controversial anthropologists of modern times.
An Institute for the study of prehistory has been opened in Nairobi, Kenya, in memory of one of the most famous and controversial anthropologists of modern times. He was Louis Leakey, the Kenyan-born scientist who discovered the remains of humanoids, man's predecessors, up to 18 million years old.
SYNOPSIS: The Institute was officially opened on Saturday (September 3). It's main function will be the study of fossils in East Africa - from the earliest - known, about 25 million years old, up to ten thousand years ago. Apart from resident students and scientists, the Institute will cater for visiting scientists from all over the world. A replica hominoid skull is its emblem.
The Institute was officially opened by a Foreign Ministry representative, Mr Laurence Kebingi. He unveiled a simple plaque dedicating it to Louis Leakey, who died in 1972.
Mr. Leakey's widow, Dr. Mary Leakey, unveiled a statue of her late husband. As a fellow-scientist she worked extensively with him, and is now the Institute's Senior Research Fellow. The Institute's emblem was presented to Mr. Kebingi as a souvenir.
Mr. Leakey spent his life studying and exploring early man. He acquired a wide range of scientific knowledge in anthropology, zoology and anatomy. But he was largely self-educated, and some of his wide-ranging theories did not conform to accepted findings by professional scientists. Several of his discoveries were rejected by the scientific establishment. Although he did gain a large following in less conformist circles.