Google doodles on Mary Leakey bday

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 06, 2013 09:30 hrs

Popular internet search engine Google on Wednesday designed its homepage with a doodle to mark the 100th birthday of British archaeologist and anthropologist Mary Leakey.

In the doodle, netizens could see Mary Leakey busy working at an archaeological site while two dalmatians stood beside her.

It also showed one of her major discoveries the ´Laetoli footprints´. The first and last two letters of the word ´Google´ appears in the backdrop.

Born on Feb 6, 1913 in London, Leakey discovered the first fossilized Proconsul skull, an extinct ape now believed to be ancestral to humans. She also discovered the robust Zinjanthropus skull at Olduvai Gorge.

For much of her career she worked together with her husband, Louis Leakey, in Olduvai Gorge, uncovering the tools and fossils of ancient hominines.

She developed a system for classifying the stone tools found at Olduvai.

She also discovered the Laetoli footprints.

In 1960 Leakey became director of excavation at Olduvai and subsequently took it over, building her own staff. After the death of her husband she became a leading palaeoanthropologist.

Mary died on Dec 9, 1996 at the age of 83.

From Charlie Chaplin to Marie Curie, Google doodles not only celebrate birth anniversaries of great personalities, they also make users know about important dates through designs and animations.

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