Nairobi, Kenya (Associated Press)-Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta announced on Sunday night that the paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey had discovered and protected fossils in his hometown of Kenya. Known for his work, he was 77 years old.
The cause of death was not announced.
Kenyatta’s statement stated that Liki is the son of world-renowned anthropologists Louis and Mary Liki, and has also held many public service leadership positions, including the curator of the Kenya National Museum and Kenya Wildlife Service.
“We are deeply saddened to hear the news of our founder’s death,” said WildlifeDirect, a conservation organization.
The group’s chief executive Paula Kahumbu stated that the niche “has an innate leadership that is old-fashioned but straightforward. His memory is super keen, and he is able to hang many ideas in the air at the same time to find common ground. The ability is amazing. He will be missed deeply.”