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The Sediments of Time: My Lifelong Search for the Past

The Sediments of Time: My Lifelong Search for the Past

Meave Leakey’s thrilling, high-stakes memoir—written with her daughter Samira—encapsulates her distinguished life and career on the front lines of the hunt for our human origins, a quest made all the more notable by her stature as a woman in a highly competitive, male-dominated field.

In The Sediments of Time, preeminent paleoanthropologist Meave Leakey brings us along on her remarkable journey to reveal the diversity of our early pre-human ancestors and how past climate change drove their evolution. She offers a fresh account of our past, as recent breakthroughs have allowed new analysis of her team’s fossil findings and vastly expanded our understanding of our ancestors.
Meave’s own personal story is replete with drama, from thrilling discoveries on the shores of Lake Turkana to run-ins with armed herders and every manner of wildlife, to raising her children and supporting her renowned paleoanthropologist husband Richard Leakey’s ambitions amidst social and political strife in Kenya. When Richard needs a kidney, Meave provides him with hers, and when he asks her to assume the reins of their field expeditions after he loses both legs in a plane crash, the result of likely sabotage, Meave steps in. 
The Sediments of Time is the summation of a lifetime of Meave Leakey’s efforts; it is a compelling picture of our human origins and climate change, as well as a high-stakes story of ambition, struggle, and hope.

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  • Eilonwy

    Meave Leakey wanted to be a marine biologist -- until she was informed that research ships in the 1960's had no facilities for female scientists, so sorry. So she switched to zoology instead, which go...

  • Randal White

    What an incredible life the author has lived! it's almost like a real life Indiana Jones. Her adventures, her discoveries, her relationships, she has really packed a lot into one lifetime. This book i...

  • Paleoanthro

    More then a memoir, The Sediments of Time, is a fascinating read and insightful tour of research into human origins by one of the fields greats. Divulge into the depths of the authors research and its...

  • Joanne  Manaster

    Not just her well written autobiography, but also an excellent overview of human evolution as told through research. A very informative read....

  • Dipra Lahiri

    An account of an amazing, exciting life by one of the great paleo-anthropologists. Tough, gutsy and determined, she's a role model. The science can get a bit overwhelming at times, but it demonstrates...

  • Tove R.

    Thanks NetGalley and Meave Leakey for the opportunity to read this advance reader copy! This brilliant memoir/autobiography is thought provoking, engaging, well-written, and I read it in one go, even ...

  • Ashley

    I received an electronic copy of this book for free via NetGalley for an honest review.This is a well-written and informative book, and while it is an autobiographical account of Meave Leakey's life, ...

  • Sharon McNeil


  • Grrlscientist

    Meave Leakey is a real-life Indiana Jones. Her life has been filled with adventure, struggle, and discovery after amazing discovery that are detailed in her riveting autobiography, The Sediments of...

  • Anneke

    Book Review: The Sediments of Time - My Lifelong Search for the PastAuthor: Meave Leakey and Samira LeakeyPublisher: Houghton Mifflin HarcourtPublication Date: November 10, 2020Review Date: December 7...

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