| 21 March 1972 (age 43)
Nairobi, Kenya (1972-03-21) |
United World College of the Atlantic
University of Bristol
University College, London
Youngest documented person to find hominoid fossil
Princess Seiyia de Merode
Princess Alexia de Merode
Prince Emmanuel de Merode (m. 2003)
Richard Leakey, Meave Leakey
Philip Leakey, Jonathan Leakey
Harry Leakey, Erskine Edward Nicol, Mary Bazett Leakey, Cecilia Marion Frere
Atlantic College, University of London
Mary Leakey, Louis Leakey
Princess Louise de Merode (née: Leakey, born 21 March 1972) is a Kenyan paleontologist and anthropologist. She conducts research and field work on human fossils in Eastern Africa.
Louise Leakey was born in Nairobi, Kenya, to Kenyan paleoantropologist, conservationist and politician Richard Leakey and British paleoanthropologist Meave Leakey in 1972, the same year that her paleoanthropologist grandfather Louis Leakey died. She first became actively involved in fossil discoveries in 1977, at the age of six, when she became the youngest documented person to find a hominoid fossil.
Louise Leakey received her International Baccalaureate from United World College of the Atlantic, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and Biology from the University of Bristol. She received a PhD from the University College, London, in 2001.
In 1993, Louise Leakey joined her mother Meave Leakey as a co-leader of paleontological expeditions in Northern Kenya. The Koobi Fora research project, has been the main program behind some of the most notable hominid fossil discoveries of the past two decades, the most recent being Kenyanthropus platyops.
Louise Leakey has promoted an initiative to place digital models of fossil collections in a virtual laboratory African Fossils where models can be downloaded, 3D printed or cut in cardboard for reassembly.
In 2003, Louise Leakey married Prince Emmanuel de Merode, a Belgian primatologist. She is styled princesse de Merode by marriage. The couple have two daughters:Princess Seiyia de Merode; born in 2004
Princess Alexia de Merode; born in 2006.
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