Posted Online: Oct. 02, 2012, 1:30 pm

Paleontologist to speak at Augustana on Thursday

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By Anthony Watt, awatt@qconline.com

A paleontologist from a family known for delving into ancient human history is scheduled to speak at Augustana College on Thursday.

Louise Leakey, a conservationist and a National Geographic explorer-in-residence, is scheduled to speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Wallenberg Hall of Denkmann Memorial Building, 3520 7th Ave., Rock Island.

Ms. Leakey has been credited with helping to find a 3.5-million-year-old skull and partial jaw that may belong to a previously unknown species of early hominid, according to an Augustana news release. Much of Ms. Leakey's work has been in the Turkana Basin in northern Kenya.

Louis and Mary Leakey, her grandparents, and Richard and Meave Leakey, her parents, all played significant roles in helping uncover more about humanity's ancient past, the release states.