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Louis Leakey Discovering the Secrets of Humankinds Past Louis Leakey was born to be an archaeologist for his childhood in Africa truly prepared him for the field life he would later lead The son of missionaries Harry and Mary Leakey Louis grew up in Kenya near Nairobi among the Kikuyu African tribe who the elder Leakeys were trying to convert Despite intervening periods in which the Leakeys moved back to England Louis grew up practically as a Kikuyu tribe member and at the age of eleven he not only built his own traditional hut in which to live but was also initiated as a member of the Kikuyu tribe It was within this hut that the beginnings of Leakeys archaelogical aspirations took place In one section he started a personal museum collected all things naturalistic from bird eggs to animal skulls It was in 1916 at the age of fourteen when Leakey first truly realized that he was meant for archaeology after reading the account of stone-age men entitled Days Before History he was hooked After reading about the arrowheads and axeheads created by these people Louis began collecting and classifying as many pieces of obsidian flakes and tools as he could find After confirmation by a prehistory expert that these were truly stone tools of ancient Africans truly links to the past Leakey knew that the rest of his life would be devoted towards discovering the secrets of the prehistoric ancestors of humankind Despite not being accustomed to the school structure back in England and the accompanying problems he had in public school Leakey was accepted into Cambridge in 1922 However blows to the head sustained during rugby games resulted in epilepsy and headaches for Leakey and he had to leave school in 1923 This however was a blessing in disguise for Leakey landed a job as an African expert on an archaeological mission to Tendaguru in what is now Tanzania He was
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