- /ˈliki/ (say 'leekee)
noun a family of British and Kenyan anthropologists whose discoveries of hominid fossils in eastern Africa have contributed greatly to the study of human evolution.
1. Louis Seymour Bazett, 1903–72, especially noted for the discovery of the remains of Australopithecus (1.75 million years) and Homo erectus (1 million years) at Olduvai Gorge, Kenya.
2. Mary Nicol, 1913–96, his wife and co-worker; findings of Homo fossils more than 3.75 million years old.
3. Richard, born 1944, their son and co-worker; found important fossil deposits in Ethiopia and Kenya; noted conservationist in Kenya.
4. Maeve G, born 1942, wife of Richard; significant palaeontological research in Kenya.
Australian English dictionary. 2014.
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