Mary Leakey Honored With Google Doodle

    February 5, 2013
    Chris Crum
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Mary Leakey is being honored with a Google doodle in parts of the world where it is already February 6th (like Australia).

Leakey was a British archaeologist and anthropologist, who discovered the first fossilized Proconsul (extinct ape believed to be ancestral to humans) skull. She also discovered the Zinjanthropus (Paranthropus, a genus of extinct hominins) skull.

Leakey was born on February 6, 1913, which obviously, makes this her 100th birthday. She died in 1996 at the age of 83. Here’s a look at Google’s Knowledge Panel for Leakey:

Mary Leakey

Simon Rüger shared this doodle video with us:

Google has run a number of other doodles already this week in different parts of the world. There were at least four on Monday, including the Canadian penny, Sri Lanka Independence Day, Josef Kajetán Tyl and Manuel Álvarez Bravo.

  • Shehi

    It was just a week back I read about Mary Leakey from internet. Thats only because of my kid’s (9 yrs) curiosity in Paleantology and fossils. Can’t wait to show her this doodle. She will be super excited for sure!
    And Google; that’s a cute doodle about ‘Mary the explorer’!!!

  • Olwen Williams

    I wasn’t impressed. It’s Waitangi Day and they are showing this on google.co.nz???

  • Philippa

    Hi Creative Google People,

    I love your google pictures and reading about the person or event behind the picture.

    I was wondering whether you might consider having a few more Australian people and events included? We have many incredible people who have contributed to our wonderful country and great yearly events when we have the opportunity to celebrate together.

    Thank you for all you do.


    • Olwen Williams

      Australia at least got a Doodle for Australia Day

  • Nanda Kumar

    I like the above doodle, but can any one show me the letters in “Google” in this one. I could figure out G,O,O,?,L,E. But the second G I’m not sure about…..

    • Diane

      Maybe she is searching for the other G?

  • Rod

    Can you tell me the association with the Dalmation dogs

  • Truly Godfrey

    The dogs are the second g. She apparently always had Dalmatians with her on a dig.

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