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Leakey, Richard E.

Works: 296 works in 941 publications in 19 languages and 30,400 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Conference proceedings  Juvenile works  Fiction  Popular works  Bibliography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Narrator, Interviewee, Host, Conceptor, Other, Author of introduction, Film editor, Publishing director, Thesis advisor
Classifications: GN281, 573.2
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Origins : what new discoveries reveal about the emergence of our species and its possible future by Richard E Leakey( Book )
65 editions published between 1950 and 1996 in 8 languages and held by 3,768 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Discusses the evolution of prehistoric ape-like creatures into human beings, theorizing that the key to this transformation was the ability to share and cooperate in a social context
Origins reconsidered : in search of what makes us human by Richard E Leakey( Book )
43 editions published between 1992 and 2003 in 6 languages and held by 2,735 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In Origins Reconsidered, Richard Leakey, one of the most respected and influential scientists of our time, takes us on a brilliant and provocative journey through human history. Beginning with his landmark discoveries at Lake Turkana, and including his fascinating reassessment of how we became "human"--And what, after all, being human really means - Leakey concludes with a glimpse of what our evolutionary future may hold. In 1984, Richard Leakey and his "Hominid Gang" of fossil hunters discovered fragments of a boy's skull that were more than 1.5 million years old. They soon unearthed virtually the entire skeleton of what was dubbed the "Turkana Boy" and recognized as one of the most significant paleoanthropological discoveries of all time. But while his Turkana Boy caused a sensation in the media and throughout the world of science, Leakey himself was restless. Yes, the existing fossil record of our prehistory was impressive. But there were more elusive matters to consider. For Richard Leakey the most compelling question is no longer "How did we physically evolve?" It is, instead, "How did we become human?" For this world-renowned paleoanthropologist it is a humbling reminder that no matter how complete the skeleton, how perfect the fossil, there is a gap in our knowledge. Our ancestors evolved from two-legged scavengers into creatures that create. They learned to make stone tools, to communicate, to build shelters, and to hunt for food. This realization sparked Leakey to return to his earlier work - especially his 1977 book, Origins - to poke holes in his previous beliefs and to reflect anew on what makes us who we are. As he gently admits, considerations like these are usually left to philosophers, not scientists. But again and again, he is faced with his own guiding principle: "The past is the key to our future." In this seminal work, Leakey incorporates ideas from philosophy, anthropology, molecular biology, and even linguistics, to investigate not only how we evolved anatomically, but how we acquired the qualities that make us human - consciousness, creativity, and culture
The making of mankind by Richard E Leakey( Book )
72 editions published between 1980 and 2005 in 11 languages and held by 2,717 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Surveys what has been happening in the various fields concerned with human prehistory
The origin of humankind by Richard E Leakey( Book )
83 editions published between 1979 and 2013 in 12 languages and held by 2,573 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This book answers the question: What made humans human? Leakey argues that when one of our hominid ancestors acquired the ability to walk upright (called "bipedalism"), the evolution of modern humans became possible, perhaps even inevitable
People of the lake : mankind and its beginnings by Richard E Leakey( Book )
34 editions published between 1978 and 1984 in 6 languages and held by 2,453 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Discusses recent human fossil discoveries at Lake Turkana in Kenya and explains what has been learned about the evolution, anatomy, and social behavior of prehistoric man from these remains
The sixth extinction : patterns of life and the future of humankind by Richard E Leakey( Book )
23 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in English and held by 1,803 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
There have been five great extinctions in the long history of life on earth, the most recent 65 million years ago, when all dinosaur species perished in an astonishingly brief period of time. Each of these great extinctions was unimaginably catastrophic - at least 65 percent of all species living vanished in a geological instant; in the Permian extinction, nearly 95 percent of all species were obliterated. The agency for these extinctions, the why, is hotly debated - sudden climate change, asteroids, evolutionary inadequacy - but the patterns are remarkably consistent. Now, as Leakey and Lewin show with inarguable logic based on irrefutable scientific evidence, the sixth great extinction is underway. And this time the cause is beyond dispute: By the lowest estimate, thirty thousand species are wiped out by human agency every year - a rate that matches the patterns of the other five great extinctions with frightening exactitude
The origin of species by Charles Darwin( Book )
27 editions published between 1979 and 1997 in 4 languages and held by 1,548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An illustrated, abridged version of the sixth edition of Darwin's classic work on evolution, with commentary that relates Darwin's hypotheses to recent advances in knowledge
Africa's big five and other wildlife filmmakers a centenary of wildlife filming in Kenya by Jean Hartley( )
7 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,043 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Jean Hartley, born in Kenya, is acknowledged as being the first to legitimise ìfixingî for wildlife film crews. Over the last 25 years, she has worked on over a thousand films, the vast majority being about wildlife and nature. She features five of the great film makers who all started their careers in Kenya in the1950s, legends whom she is proud to call personal friends. Watching all of their films, and many more, she became fascinated by the history of film making in Kenya and determined to find out when it all started. In this insightful book, she traces the roots of wildlife film back a hundred years, drawing on accounts of the original film makers and the professional hunters who guided those early safaris. She tracks the changes from those grainy, speeded up, silent films through to the technologically perfect High Definition and 3D films that are being made today
Human ancestors : readings from Scientific American ( Book )
4 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 746 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Fossils - Evolution - Tools - Food-sharing - Man-ape - Homo erectusus_
Human origins by Richard E Leakey( Book )
13 editions published between 1981 and 1996 in 3 languages and held by 660 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Describes how archaeologists trace the development of the human race from fossils, skeletons, cave drawings, and artifacts found around the world
The first humans origin and early evolution of the genus Homo : contributions from the third Stony Brook Human Evolution Symposium and Workshop, October 3 - October 7, 2006 by Eric Delson( )
12 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 439 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Addresses the origin of the human genus Homo, a major transition in human evolution and associated with major changes in brain size, locomotion, and culture
The Nariokotome Homo erectus skeleton ( Book )
14 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The paleobiology of Australopithecus contributions from the fourth Stony Brook Human Evolution Symposium and Workshop, Diversity in Australopithecus: Tracking the First Bipeds, September 25-28, 2007 by Stony Brook Human Evolution Symposium and Workshop( )
4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 343 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Australopithecus species have been the topic of much debate in palaeoanthropology since Raymond Dart described the first species, Australopithecus africanus, in 1925. This volume synthesizes the geological and paleontological context of the species in East and South Africa, covers individual sites, such as Dikika, Hadar, Sterkfontein, and Malapa, debates the alpha taxonomy of some of the species, and addresses questions of the movements of the species across the continent. Additional chapters discuss the genus in terms of sexual dimorphism, diet reconstruction - using microwear and isotopic methodologies, postural and locomotor behavior, and ontogeny
The Fossil hominids and an introduction to their context, 1968-1974 ( Book )
2 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Koobi Fora research project by Bernard Wood( Book )
13 editions published between 1978 and 2011 in English and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Southeast Africa : 1880 to the present : reclaiming a region of natural wealth by Daniel E Harmon( Book )
2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Traces the history of five modern African nations, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and the island of Madagascar, from 1880 to the present, describing the different paths each nation took to freedom during the early and mid-twentieth century
The Congo : exploration, reform, and a brutal legacy by Bruce Fish( Book )
2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Discusses journeys to Africa and what was discovered in these trips and the need to make more trips to this remote area
Call of life ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The film investigates the growing threat posed by the rapid and massive loss of biodiversity on the planet. Examines the primary drivers of species loss: habitat destruction, global warming, pollution, and invasive species, all the result of human population and our consumption patterns. Features leading scientists, social scientists, environmentalists and others
The Making of mankind ( Visual )
10 editions published between 1981 and 1999 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this seven-part documentary, noted anthropologist Richard Leakey traces the origin of our species
Settling down ( Visual )
10 editions published between 1981 and 2013 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Richard Leakey traces one of the most fundamental changes our species has experienced: the shift from a nomadic hunter-gatherer way of life to the settled villager and farmer
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Alternative Names
Leakey, R. E. F.
Leakey, R. E. F. 1944-
Leakey, R. E. F. (Richard E. F.)
Leakey, R. E. F. (Richard E. F.), 1944-
Leakey, Richard.
Leakey Richard 1944-....
Leakey, Richard E.
Leakey, Richard E. F.
Leakey, Richard E. F. 1944-
Leakey, Richard Erskine Frere.
Leakey, Richard Erskine Frere 1944-
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