White Kenyan politician Richard Leakey, paleanthropologist, anti-poaching conservationist, died this Sunday at the age of 77, authorities in that country confirmed. it's a statement.
Leakey worked in the field of paleoanthropology, with such notable discoveries as 'The men of Kibish' - 195,000-year-old Homo sapiens fossils, the oldest to date - or 'The Turkana boy' - the complete skeleton of a child. who died 1.6 million years ago.
These discoveries helped to establish the African continent as the origin of the first human beings, who would later spread throughout the planet.
His work 'The formation of Humanity' ('The Making of Mankind', in its original title) is a world reference on the evolution of the first hominids. His widow, Meave Leakey, is also a renowned paleoanthropologist.
Born in Nairobi in 1944 and the son of two renowned archaeologists (Louis and Mary Leakey), he led the Kenya Wildlife Conservation Service (KWS) for four years and promoted controversial measures against poaching.
In his fight against the rhinoceros horn and ivory trafficking gangs, he drew controversy on numerous occasions, such as when he decided to burn dozens of tons of confiscated ivory.
After his work at the KWS, Leakey entered politics, serving in the government of Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi (1978-2002) between 1999 and 2001, when he was removed from office.