Leanderthal Lady is the skeletal remains of a prehistoric woman discovered in January 1983[1] by the Texas Department of Transportation at the Wilson-Leonard Brushy Creek Site (an ancient Native American campsite) in the city of Leander, Texas, a suburb of Austin, the state capital. The remains were also alternatively labeled "Leanne".[2] Both names were inspired by the proximity of the site to the town of Leander, to the north.


Carbon dating and stratigraphic analysis showed the remains to be 10,000 to 13,000 years old.[3] The skeleton is of a 5-foot-3-inch (1.60 m) tall female who was approximately eighteen to thirty years old at the time of death. The find was significant as one of the oldest and most complete human skeleton finds in North America.[4][5]

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  1. ^ Charpentier, Marisa (2019-03-28). "'Leanderthal Lady' lives on decades after her discovery". impact. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  2. ^ "Leanne's Burial". www.texasbeyondhistory.net. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  3. ^ "Leander Man Thinks He May Have Found Fossilized Human Skull In Backyard". Austin, TX Patch. 2017-09-23. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  4. ^ Texas Historical Commission. "Leanderthal Lady - Texas Historical Marker". StoppingPoints.
  5. ^ Bob Parvin. "Leanderthal Lady: Travel the Texas Time Machine Webcast". Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. Archived from the original on 2009-07-07.