Page 2 Wingspan April 30, 2001 Famous paleontologist to share discoveries By David Schipman Humans beings may have a family tree with many branches. Renowned paleontologist Dr. Meave Leakey will speak at Laramie County Community College on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 8 p.m. in the CCI Centennial Room. The topic of her speech will be The Search and Discovery of our Earliest Ancestors. This event is open to the public and tickets are free, but students should get tickets in advance. The following morning a free breakfast seminar for selected biology, anthropology, religious studies and history students will be held. Leakey will be the third speaker in the Gerald and Jesse Chambers speaker series endowed through the LCCC Foundation. Others included PBS television correspondent Ray Suarez and woolly mammoth discoverer Dr. Larry Agenbroad. Leakey and her team recently discovered a skull on the western shore of Kenyas Lake Turkana that dates back 3.5 million years. The find Board pays for summer tuition of recent grads By Jamie Cousins Everyone would love to get a college credit class paid for free. At the board of trustees meeting at Laramie County Community College on April 4, the board approved unanimously to award summer tuition waivers to recent high school, GED and homeschooled graduates. These students, in order to receive the waiver, must have completed their graduation requirements between December 2000 and July 2001 and must pay the application and any course fees. The waiver will allow these students to take one course up to five credit hours during the summer session 2001 at LCCC for free. Students who are graduating and finishing other programs will receive letters in the mail informing them about the opportunity at LCCC. Parents will also receive letters. The Enrollment Management Implementation Team told the trustees that this action will support and promote the recruitment of students and the sustainment of fulltime equivalents (FTEs). One FTE equals 12 credit hours and influences the colleges funding from the state. Unitarian Universalist Church of Cheyenne “A Spiritual Home For Free Minds” Sunday Service, Religious Education, 10:30 a. m. Call for information on youth groups and adult activities. Revs. Makanah & Bob Morriss 638-4554 3005 Thomes has a special offer to pamper your delicate hands and sensitive feet and to warm your body ♥ Full set of nails ................... $30 ♥ Pedicure ............................. $35 ♥ Spa Manicure ..................... $15 ♥ 12 Tans ............................... $25 Gift certificates are available for your special mother, graduate and bride-to-be. calls into question what we know about our earliest ancestors. Before Leakeys discovery, the species Australopithecus afarensis, represented by the skeleton commonly known as Lucy, was considered the oldest direct ancestor of Homo sapiens (humans). Leakeys discovery suggested our family tree may be much more complex, with several species of hominids living at the same time. Some of these species died, while others evolved to become human ancestors. The team named the skull Kenyanthropus platyops, flat-faced man of Kenya. Leakey told a USA Today reporter that Kenyanthropus could replace Lucy as the best candidate on the human family tree for our direct ancestor, but said neither Lucy nor the new fossil is necessarily the one. Dr. Leakey currently heads the paleontology division of the National Museums of Kenya where she has worked since 1969. Leakey obtained her bachelors and doctorate from the University of North Wales. First interested in following a career in marine zoology, Meave initially undertook a joint-honors in zoology and marine zoology. However, her career soon took another path. In 1965, while studying for her doctorate, she took a position at the Tigoni Primate Research Center, a small facility under the auspices of Louis Leakey and located just outside Dr. Leakey to speak: Dr. Meave Leakey is set to speak on Wednesday, Sept. 26. of Nairobi. In 1968, she finished her doctorate and a year later was invited by Richard Leakey to join his field expedition investigating the newly discovered palaeontological site at Koobi Fora on the eastern shore of Kenyas Lake Turkana. This would mark the beginning of her long-term involvement with the highly successful Turkana Basin Research Project. In 1970, Meave and Richard Leakey were married. Leakey has written more than 50 scientific articles and books and also traveled the country lecturing about her work and experiences.
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