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'Game-changer’ Richard Leakey traces evidence of humanity’s origins in Africa

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World-renowned paleoanthropologist says new technology, DNA analysis offer new insight on evolution

Those DNA ancestry tests so many people are having done might not tell you what Richard Leakey says is really true: Our deepest roots reach to Africa. Everything else is just a franchise.

“Fifty years ago, we really could have put most of our evidence on a small card table,” he said to a packed house in the Thompson Theatre at the Roselle Center for the Arts on Monday, April 23. “Now this stage couldn’t hold it all. There are thousands of fossils.”

Leakey spoke at UD at the invitation of President Dennis Assanis, whom he first met at Stony Brook University. Assanis was provost at Stony Brook before taking the reins at UD in 2016. Stony Brook is the academic base for Leakey’s Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya and includes Leakey, his wife, Meave, and daughter, Louise, among its faculty. - an exerpt from the article. Read the full article on UDaily.

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