Mary Leakey, the ‘the grande dame of archeology,’ gets a Google celebration for her 100th birthday
Mary Leakey cemented her status as a giant of archeology in 1959 with one confident cry: “I’ve found him — I’ve found our man!”
She was calling out to her husband, Louis, after coming across a bone protruding from stones during an expedition in Tanzania. “Her man” was an Australopithecus boisei ape — about 1.8 million years old. His was the first fossilized skull ever found from the extinct, human-related species.
Leakey, the “grande dame of archeology,” as author Virginia Morrell put it, would have turned 100 Wednesday. To mark the occasion, Google converted its logo into a tribute to the British archaeologist. (U.S. National Institutes of Health / WikiMedia Commons)