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Google Honors Mary Leakey’s 100th Birthday

Posted 2/06/2013 6:00 am by
Mary Leakey gets a Google Doodle.

Mary Leakey gets a Google Doodle.

Google loves a good doodle.  Whether they’re honoring inventions, musicians, politicians, or in this case, famous scientists.  The adorable doodle of a female archaeologist surrounded by dalmatians while dusting off a set of ancient preserved footprints is none other than Mary Leakey.  Google is honoring Mary Leakey on her 100th birthday; she passed away on December 9, 1996, at age 83.  She’s one of a famous family of archaeologists and researchers as her husband Louis and sons Jonathan, Richard, and Philip are all involved in the trade and have often researched as a family.

The doodle honors Leakey’s most famous discovery:  3.5 million year old footprints of an australopithicus (an ancient humanoid ancestor) discovered at Laetoli in Tanzania.  That’s not all she discovered, either.  She also uncovered the skull of a proconsul as well as the skull of a Zinjanthropus at Olduvai Gorge.  She even created a classification system for the ancient stone tools she uncovered in her many years of research.  I think it goes without saying that she dug up a lot of weird cavemen-looking things.

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