Richard Leakey


Richard Leakey is a famous and influential paleoanthropologist and conservationist. He is the son of equally famous archaeologists Louis and Mary Leakey. A member of Leakey’s team discovered the homo erectus (or sometimes identified as homo ergaster) skeleton KNM-WT 15000, or more commonly known as Turkana Boy. He speaks regularly at University lectures and anthropological conferences. 

In other words, if you are considering a career in anthropology or if you enjoy studying it as a hobby Richard Leakey is basically Jesus.

Dedicated to anon who did not know of the Leakeys.


The week in review: Movie News

·         1. Director Quentin Tarantino decides to change the ending of his post-civil war western film, The Hateful Eight. Tarantino called the film off after the script was leaked online, but after a script reading in California Tarantino had a change of heart and said onward with the film. The Hateful Eight hits theaters November 13, 2015

·         2. Harry Potter star Emma Watson to star as Belle in Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast remake. Helming the film is Twilight’s Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon.

·         3. The first Star Wars spin-off directed by Godzilla’s director Gareth Edwards, has a new writer to replace Gary Whitta. Chris Weitz is said to be replacing Whitta, Weitz has written the screenplay for Antz, About a Boy, and Disney’s new live action Cinderella (coming out later this year).

·         4. Fox decided to release a tease trailer for the Fantastic Four Reboot, the film looks like it’s going to have a grittier tone and higher caliber actors.

·         5. Rumors of Chris Pratt in talks with Disney to star as Indian Jones in the reboot set to hit theaters sometime in 2018-2019.

·         6. The Ghostbuster reboot cast was announced with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. The movie is set to be released on July 22nd, 2016.

·         7. The Last of Us movie script said to have major changes to the story but is going to stay faithful to the premise of the game.

·         8. House of Cards star, Kevin Spacey has signed on to Barry Sonnenfeld’s (director of Men In Black) upcoming comedy Nine Lives. Where Spacey will being playing a man trapped in a cat’s body.

·         9. Super Couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are set to work again on Jolie’s upcoming film about Archeologist Richard Leakey (played by Pitt), and how he fought to protect the Elephants from poachers in the late 80’s.

Sooooo Angelina Jolie

Is directing a film about Kenya’s last surviving white saviour  conservationist, the fearless Dr Richard Leakey.

She has titled the film

Wait for it…




In an interview with the BBC, Jolie had the following  to say about AFRIKA 

“I’ve felt a deep connection to Africa and its culture for much of my life," 

What she meant to say is that African culture is essentially white men, acacia trees and elephants. The rest is voodoo savagery and nobody wants to see that. 

I am so annoyed right now!
Evolution, Humanism, and Conservation: The Humanist Interview with Richard Leakey

Richard Leakey is a world-renowned paleoanthropologist whose career has been marked by famous scientific finds, political office, and conservation efforts. His family is equally accomplished in the field of anthropology, starting with his parents, Louis and Mary Leakey, as well as his wife, Meave, and their daughter, Louise. Richard originally made his mark in the late 1960s and ’70s with expeditions that discovered Paranthropus boisei, Homo habilis and Homo erectus skulls as well as the discovery of Turkana Boy in 1984. In 1989 he left his duties as director of the National Museums of Kenya upon receiving an appointment from Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi to what would become the Kenya Wildlife Service. In his efforts to protect Kenyan’s national parks and wildlife, Leakey brought global attention to the plight of Africa’s elephants by helping President Moi burn twelve tons of ivory (worth $3 million) in Nairobi National Park. In 1993 a small plane Leakey was piloting crashed and both his legs were amputated, and to this day he walks on artificial limbs. After resigning from the KWS, he served as secretary general of the Kenyan opposition party Safina, and in December 1997, he was elected to the Kenyan parliament. Two years later Moi appointed him head of Kenya’s civil service where he was tasked with combating mismanagement and corruption within the government. Leakey now splits his time between Kenya and New York, where he is chair of the Turkana Basin Institute at Stony Brook University.

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In to Africa: Brad Pitt in talks for Angelina Jolie elephant epic

Jolie set to direct her husband as fossil hunter and conservationist Richard Leakey in script by Forrest Gump’s Eric Roth.

Peas in a pod … Brad Pitt and Richard Leakey PR Photograph: PR

rad Pitt is in talks to star as real-life fossil hunter turned protector of elephants Richard Leakey in the sweeping epic Africa for his wife Angelina Jolie, reports The Wrap.

Details of Jolie’s fourth film behind the cameras were first revealed in September, prior to the huge box office success of her recent second world war drama Unbroken. While the story of US prisoner of war Louis Zamperini failed to go on the predicted Oscars run, it has so far taken $140m worldwide for studio Universal.

Africa, which will see Jolie reuniting with iconic British cinematographer Roger Deakins, is based on a screenplay by the Oscar-winning writer of Forrest Gump, Eric Roth. It centres on Kenya-born Leakey, author of the 2001 book Wildlife Wars: My Fight to Save Africa’s Natural Treasures. The paleoanthropologist was appointed to take on hunters amid international outcry over the killing of elephants and other wildlife in 1989. He oversaw a highly successful, unashamedly aggressive approach to conservation that involved setting up armed Kenya Wildlife Service units authorised to shoot poachers on sight.

“I’ve felt a deep connection to Africa and its culture for much of my life,” said Jolie in September. “And was taken with Eric’s beautiful script about a man drawn into the violent conflict with elephant poachers who emerged with a deeper understanding of man’s footprint and a profound sense of responsibility for the world around him.”

Pitt and Jolie will also star together as a struggling married couple in the latter’s third film, intimate romantic drama By the Sea, which shot in Malta from August to November last year.