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Fields  Paleontology
Name  Louise Leakey

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Born  21 March 1972 (age 43)Nairobi, Kenya (1972-03-21)
Alma mater  United World College of the AtlanticUniversity of BristolUniversity College, London
Known for  Youngest documented person to find hominoid fossil
Children  Princess Seiyia de MerodePrincess Alexia de Merode
Spouse  Prince Emmanuel de Merode (m. 2003)
Parents  Richard Leakey, Meave Leakey
Uncles  Philip Leakey, Jonathan Leakey
Great-grandparents  Harry Leakey, Erskine Edward Nicol, Mary Bazett Leakey, Cecilia Marion Frere
Education  Atlantic College, University of London

Grandparents  Mary Leakey, Louis Leakey

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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.


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Early life and education

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

Personal life

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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:

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  • Princess Seiyia de Merode; born in 2004
  • Princess Alexia de Merode; born in 2006.

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