02/07/2013 04:25 pm ET

Mary Leakey 100th Birthday: A Son On Her Adventuresome Parenting

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Today’s helicopter parents might want to explore the parenting techniques of famed paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey, whose birth 100 years ago is celebrated today. Instead of hovering over or reining -- in her three sons, Ms. Leakey handed them responsibilities early in life and brought them out on dig sites from infancy.

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