NEW YORK (AP) — Noted paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey says scientific discoveries may soon make the debate over evolution a part of history.
The Kenyan-born scientist serves as a professor at Stony Brook University on New York's Long Island. He just spent a month in New York raising funds for his Turkana Basin Institute. He also helped promote a National Geographic documentary airing on PBS this month about his work at Turkana Basin in Kenya.
A fundraiser for the institute collected $2 million. His friend Paul Simon was the guest performer.
Leakey says the institute welcomes scientists, including students from Stony Brook, to Turkana to help unearth the origins of mankind.
He says he has no patience for those who deny the existence of evolution. He insists that within 15 to 30 years, skeptics will have to concede the evidence is overwhelming.