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Richard Leakey, Who Found ‘Turkana Boy’ Fossil, Dies at 77

  • Paleontologist also served in several public service roles
  • His death came hours after that of a confidant, Charles Njonjo
Richard Leakey with Australopithecus Skull in 1981.
Richard Leakey with Australopithecus Skull in 1981.Photographer: William Campbell/Sygma/Getty Images
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Richard Leakey, a Kenyan conservationist and paleontologist whose discoveries of fossils including “Turkana Boy” helped transform views on human evolution and its roots in Africa, has died. He was 77.

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the death and expressed condolences in a statement on Sunday, praising Leakey’s decades of public service roles as well. No details about the death were given.