Though Feb. 6 happens to be National Frozen Yogurt Day, Nutella Day, and – on a different note – Lame Duck Day, Google has chosen to go in another direction with today’s Doodle. The drawing celebrates the 100th birthday of Mary Leakey, a trailblazing British archaeologist and anthropologist famous for discovering the first skull of a prehistoric primate called the Proconsul.
Leakey got her start in archaeology by establishing herself “as an authority on flint points,” according to her website. She and her husband, fellow scientist Louis Leakey, uncovered a host of fossilized wonders in Africa, including the earliest known expert stone tool makers (Homo habilis) and a set of 3.6 million-year-old footprints that proved humanity’s forbearers walked upright. After spending three hours meticulously cleaning one of the prints, she reportedly stood up, lit a cigar, and declared, “Now this really is something to put on the mantelpiece.” Awesome.
Though Leakey died in Nairobi in 1996, her legacy lives on – her son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter all went into the family business of paleoanthropology as well.
We dig it.