An Institute for the study of prehistory has been opened in Nairobi, Kenya, in memory of one of the most famous and controversial anthropologists of modern times.
GVS EXTERIOR: Louis Leakey Memorial Institute for African Prehistiry, Nairobi, Kenya, and guests gathered outside. (TWO SHOTS)
GV & CU: Dancers in traditional costume performing in front of guests (TWO SHOTS)
CU: Skull on inscribed tablet
GV: Guests seated
SV: Foreign Affairs Ministry representative, Laurence Kebingi, unveiling memorial plague on building to officially open Institute.
GVS & SV: Mrs. Mary Leakey unveiling statue of late husband Louis Leakey, and guests watching (FOUR SHOTS)
SV: Presentation of skull on tablet to Kebingi
GV: Guests applauding
SV: Kebingi seated with skull and tablet on lap
GV: Dancers performing for guests AND LV: Same with Leakey statue in foreground (TWO SHOTS)
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Background: An Institute for the study of prehistory has been opened in Nairobi, Kenya, in memory of one of the most famous and controversial anthropologists of modern times. He was Louis Leakey, the Kenyan-born scientist who discovered the remains of humanoids, man's predecessors, up to 18 million years old.
SYNOPSIS: The Institute was officially opened on Saturday (September 3). It's main function will be the study of fossils in East Africa - from the earliest - known, about 25 million years old, up to ten thousand years ago. Apart from resident students and scientists, the Institute will cater for visiting scientists from all over the world. A replica hominoid skull is its emblem.
The Institute was officially opened by a Foreign Ministry representative, Mr Laurence Kebingi. He unveiled a simple plaque dedicating it to Louis Leakey, who died in 1972.
Mr. Leakey's widow, Dr. Mary Leakey, unveiled a statue of her late husband. As a fellow-scientist she worked extensively with him, and is now the Institute's Senior Research Fellow. The Institute's emblem was presented to Mr. Kebingi as a souvenir.
Mr. Leakey spent his life studying and exploring early man. He acquired a wide range of scientific knowledge in anthropology, zoology and anatomy. But he was largely self-educated, and some of his wide-ranging theories did not conform to accepted findings by professional scientists. Several of his discoveries were rejected by the scientific establishment. Although he did gain a large following in less conformist circles.