Maeve Leakey's Memoir Explores Her Own Past and Mankind's

Maeve Leakey has been on the front lines of evolutionary research for the better part of five decades, and she delves into that past in her new memoir, “The Sediments of Time: My Lifelong Search for the Past.”

Published by HMH Books, and co-written with Leakey’s youngest daughter, Samira, the book was hailed as “extraordinary” by The New York Times: “This inspirational autobiography stands among the finest scientist memoirs.”

Leakey is a research professor in the Stony Brook University Department of Anthropology and is co-director of field research at the Turkana Basin Institute, and is part of a world-renowned paleoanthropologist family that includes husband Richard Leakey and his parents, Louis and Mary Leakey. Her memoir tells the exciting tale of her quest for our human origins, and the challenges she has faced as a woman in a highly competitive, male-dominated field.


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