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To investigate the history of man's development,
by Richard Leakey

To investigate the history of man's development,
the most important finds are, of course,
hominid fossils.
- Richard Leakey

The land is not in the least bit fertile and yet the
cattle herds grow larger and larger.
A cow represents capital investment here.
- Richard Leakey

I, too, am convinced that our ancestors came from Africa.
- Richard Leakey

Along the borders to Ethiopia and Somalia,
anarchy reigns, the police and military have retreated quite some distance.
- Richard Leakey

 

Scientific innovations continually provide us with
new means of analyzing the finds.
- Richard Leakey

Primates need good nutrition, to begin with.
Not only fruits and plants, but insects as well.
- Richard Leakey

Earlier, 100,000 elephants lived in Kenya and we didn't
have any noteworthy problem with it.
The problem that we have is not that there are now more elephants.
- Richard Leakey

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It is virtually impossible to control Northern Kenya,
which is populated chiefly by migrant nomads.
- Richard Leakey

I can't think of any other region in the world which
is such a vast source of fossils.
- Richard Leakey

The problem is that during the 1980s,
a decade of heavy poaching, the elephants retreated to safer areas.
And now people have moved into the corridors once used by the elephants.
- Richard Leakey

We think that groups of between 30 and 40 early men
would have settled in an area measuring a hundred square kilometers.
- Richard Leakey

The elephants were being slaughtered in masses.
Some were even killed in the vicinity of big tourist hotels.
- Richard Leakey

We hope to find more pieces of the puzzle which will
shed light on the connection between this upright,
walking ape, our early ancestor, and modern man.
- Richard Leakey

Sadly, I am not able to take part in the fieldwork myself so much anymore,
as both of my legs were amputated following an airplane crash twelve years ago.
- Richard Leakey

Whether or not all this came to pass in an East African ditch,
I wouldn't like to say.
Perhaps it happened in North Africa or further west,
but Africa was definitely the place.
- Richard Leakey

Paleoanthropology is not a science that ends with the discovery of a bone.
One has to have the original to work with.
It is a life-long task.
- Richard Leakey

Elephants can live to an age of up to 70 or 80 years
and they have a good memory.
It could be they come across an area that is experiencing a drought.
Then they continue on their path and run into people.
- Richard Leakey

For fossils to thrive, certain favorable circumstances are required.
First of all, of course, remnants of life have to be there.
These then need to be washed over with water as soon as possible,
so that the bones are covered with a layer of sediment.
- Richard Leakey

A number of scientists with greatly different backgrounds
can come up with completely different assessments.
The discussions or controversies are endless.
Once a year, we try to bring the most important discoverers
together to exchange their experiences and knowledge.
- Richard Leakey

I would hazard a guess that we have found fossilized
human remains of at least a thousand different specimens
in South and East Africa,
more or less complete at that.
I think this is where the prelude to human history
was primarily played out.
- Richard Leakey

One should not forget that there are very few surviving items from this period,
often just single, small bones, a tooth,
a sliver of the skull.
Categorizing these pieces can be very difficult.
- Richard Leakey

We are concerned that, in a few years time,
this place of discovery, with its wealth of human fossils,
the like of which can be found nowhere else in the world,
could be completely destroyed.
- Richard Leakey

Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability
to investigate systematically and truly all that comes
under thy observation in life.
- Marcus Aurelius

When I investigate and when I discover that the forces
of the heavens and the planets are within ourselves,
then truly I seem to be living among the gods.
- Leon Battista Alberti

In the last four years under the Patriot Act,
we have seen a great increase in the ability of law
enforcement officials to investigate and track terrorists.
- Mike Pence

For much of my life there was no place where the things
I wanted to investigate were of interest to anyone.
- Benoit Mandelbrot

But the fact a person denies that he is theorising
is no reason for taking him at his word and failing
to investigate what implicit theory is involved in his statements.
- Talcott Parsons

The American people depend on these federal employees to process,
investigate, and adjudicate applications for immigration
rights and benefits in a timely and thorough manner.
- Joe Baca

The Federal government does not have any information
about extraterrestrial life to conceal,
and there are no secret projects for me to investigate.
- Orrin Hatch

Physiological psychology, on the other hand,
is competent to investigate the relations that hold
between the processes of the physical and those of the mental life.
- Wilhelm Wundt

When the violation of parity was discovered I began
a series of electronic experiments to investigate parity
violation in hyperon decays.
- James Cronin

A salute from this corner to President Bush for saying
he was willing to investigate raising or eliminating
the cap on salaries subject to the Social Security tax.
- Nick Clooney

The power to investigate is a great public trust.
- Emanuel Celler

If you judge, investigate.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

To test a modest man's modesty do not investigate if he ignores applause,
find out if he abides criticism.
- Franz Grillparzer

Investigation may be likened to the long months of pregnancy,
and solving a problem to the day of birth.
To investigate a problem is, indeed,
to solve it.
- Mao Tse-Tung

The best way to investigate the elusive phenomenon
called the creative process may well be to target all the misconceptions,
to explain what the creative process is not.
- Lukas Foss

Newspapers that are truly independent,
like The Washington Post, can still aggressively investigate
anyone or anything with no holds barred.
- Bob Woodward

I was interested in what was really going on in Salem at that time,
and I resolved to investigate this seemingly unorthodox
treatment of the people and the period.
- Carlisle Floyd

It is by doubting that we come to investigate,
and by investigating that we recognize the truth.
- Peter Abelard

It is irresponsible for this Congress to not investigate
the President's lack of an exit strategy,
and the fraud, waste, and abuse of U.S.
tax dollars.
- Russ Carnahan

If you want to investigate, we will be willing to assist.
- Zhu Rongji

Medicine to produce health must examine disease;
and music,
to create harmony must investigate discord.
- Plutarch

In addition, for almost a year now I have been urging the President,
the Department of Justice, and the Federal Trade Commission
to investigate suspicious gas price spikes.
- Lois Capps

In much of society, research means to investigate something
you do not know or understand.
- Neil Armstrong

The major task of the twentieth century will be to explore the unconscious,
to investigate the subsoil of the mind.
- Henri Bergson

Today's particle physics describe light as a crumple in space,
and we may have deformed space in such a way that they
noticed something peculiar -
and they had the ability to investigate it.
- Dwight Schultz

The SSRC committee turned attention from team research
for building a model of the United States to doing
one for world trade in order to investigate the international transmission mechanism.
- Lawrence R. Klein

Everybody should want to make sure that we have the
cyber tools necessary to investigate cyber crimes,
and to be prepared to defend against them and to bring
people to justice who commit it.
- Janet Reno

If you will investigate all the Indian troubles,
you will find that there is something wrong of this
nature at the bottom of all of them,
something relating to the supplies, or else a tardy
and broken faith on the part of the general government.
- George Crook

The conscience of the world is so guilty that it always
assumes that people who investigate heresies must be heretics;
just as if a doctor who studies leprosy must be a leper.
Indeed, it is only recently that science has been allowed
to study anything without reproach.
- Aleister Crowley

In requiring this candor and simplicity of mind in
those who would investigate the truth of our religion,
Christianity demands nothing more than is readily conceded
to every branch of human science.
- Simon Greenleaf

The task is to investigate speech sounds in relation
to the meanings with which they are invested,
i.e., sounds viewed as signifiers, and above all to
throw light on the structure of the relation between sounds and meaning.
- Roman Jakobson

Finally, as the digestive canal is a complex system,
a series of separate chemical laboratories,
I cut the connections between them in order to investigate
the course of phenomena in each particular laboratory;
thus I resolved the digestive canal into several separate parts.
- Ivan Pavlov

I would suggest, merely as a metaphor here,
but also as the basis for a scientific program to investigate
the computational capacity of the universe,
that this is also a reasonable explanation for why the universe is complex.
- Seth Lloyd

That's all true, but there was something else going on for me as a kid,
something about my gender identity that I haven't figured out yet.
And that's one of the things I'm hoping to dissect
and investigate in this memoir project.
- Alison Bechdel

Psychoanalysis pretends to investigate the Unconscious.
The Unconscious by definition is what you are not conscious of.
But the Analysts already know what's in it -
they should,
because they put it all in beforehand.
- Saul Bellow

The Ancient Games are relatively obscure to most Olympians,
but to understand just what the Games are about,
it is really necessary to investigate the roots and
the meaning that has transformed culture and society for so many years.
- Bill Toomey

That's Anil's path.
She grows up in Sri Lanka, goes and gets educated abroad,
and through fate or chance gets brought back by the
Human Rights Commission to investigate war crimes.
- Michael Ondaatje

I think that we have to do our job well,
investigate thoroughly and then describe very honestly
what we see to the Security Council.
And some of the things might please people there and
other things may not please the people.
- Hans Blix

There should be a readiness, on our part,
to investigate with candor to follow the truth wherever it may lead us,
and to submit, without reserve or objection,
to all the teachings of this religion,
if it be found to be of divine origin.
- Simon Greenleaf

Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience
it is necessary for us to do the opposite,
that is to commence with experience
and from this to proceed to investigate the reason.
- Leonardo da Vinci

It is our task to inquire into the causes that have
brought about the observed differentiation,
and to investigate the sequence of events that have
led to the establishment of the multifarious forms of human life.
- Franz Boas

Well-behaved women seldom make history.
- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Live out of your imagination, not your history.
- Stephen Covey

A small body of determined spirits
fired by an unquenchable faith
in their mission
can alter the course of history.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Who has fully realized that history
is not contained in thick books
but lives in our very blood?
- Carl Jung

Yesterday is history,
tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift.
That is why it is called Present.
- Anonymous

In the long history of humankind (and animal-kind, too)
those who learned to collaborate and
improvise most effectively have prevailed.
- Charles Darwin

You have to look at history as an evolution of society.
- Jean Chretien

History is a pack of lies about events that never happened
told by people who weren't there.
- George Santayana


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