Google Doodle celebrates archaeologist Mary Leakey’s 100th birthday today, Google has posted a doodle on its homepage.
The doodle features two Dalmatians as Mary was an animal lover who was almost always accompanied in the field by three or four dalmatians. It also exhibits one of her major discoveries “the Laetoli footprints”, and some tools used in archaeology.
The first and last two letters of the word Google are seen in the backdrop, while Mary Leakey and one of the Dalmatians replace the second O and second G of the world Google, respectively.
Leakey was a British archaeologist and anthropologist, who discovered the first fossilized Proconsul (extinct ape believed to be ancestral to humans) skull. She also discovered the Zinjanthropus (Paranthropus, a genus of extinct hominins) skull.
Leakey was born on February 6, 1913, which obviously, makes this her 100th birthday. She died in 1996 at the age of 83.
Google has run a number of other doodles already this week in different parts of the world. There were at least four on Monday, including the Canadian penny Google Doodles , Sri Lanka Independence Day Google Doodles, Josef Kajetán Tyl Google Doodles and Manuel Álvarez Bravo Google Doodles.
Mary Leakey’s Famous Quotes:
“I had never passed a single school exam, and clearly never would.”
“No amounts of stone and bone could yield the kinds of information that the paintings gave so freely.”
“The first money I ever earned was for drawing stone tools.”
“She stops, pauses, turns to the left to glance at some possible threat or irregularity, and then continues to the north. This motion, so intensely human, transcends time.”
“I’d rather be in a tent than in a house.”