Sacramento, California (PRWEB) February 20, 2013
The Sacramento Speakers Series brings renowned paleontologist, Louise Leakey to speak at the Community Center Theater, located in downtown Sacramento, on Wednesday, February 27th. The six-part lecture series showcases contemporary insights from some of today’s most influential figures in a candid and relaxed setting. Leakey is a conservationist, educator and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence most known for her research and field work related to human fossils in Eastern Africa.
The Leakey name was featured in headlines all over the Internet recently as Google paid homage to Mary Leakey’s 100th birthday by featuring an animated rendition of her on their homepage February 6th. Mary Leakey is Louise Leaky’s grandmother, making Louise part of the third generation of famous fossil hunters. Leakey was quoted referring to her grandparents by saying “it was my grandparents who set foot in Olduvai, and against all conventional thinking at that time, finally found the evidence that put Africa on the map as the place we all came from.”
Leakey first became actively involved in fossil discoveries at the age of six, making her the youngest person to discover hominid fossils. She was involved long before that, visiting the Turkana Basin in Eastern Africa with her parents at six weeks of age. Along with her mother, Meave Leakey, her research and field work has uncovered finds that may rewrite humanity’s evolutionary timeline.
Wrapping up this year’s Sacramento Speaker Series is Dr. Robert Ballard on April 2nd. Dr. Ballard is a former United States Navy Officer, professor of Oceanography and discoverer of the RMS Titanic wreckage.
Both events will be held at the Community Center Theater in downtown Sacramento at 8:00 pm. Louise Leakey will be on Wednesday, February 27th and Robert Ballard on Tuesday, April 2nd. Doors open at 7:00 pm.
For more information about the Sacramento Speakers Series and the 2012-2013 Season visit them online at sacramentospeakers.com