Africa & Early Life
Dr. William Maples began his career as an anthropologist at the Field Site at Darajani in Kenya. As a graduate student, Maples and his wife, Margaret Kelley moved to East Africa in 1962 to study baboon taxonomy and conduct research studies on other non-human primates. After three years the couple and their two daughters returned to the U.S. and Maples earned his Ph.D..
In Maples’ autobiography, Dead Men Do Tell Tales, he writes,
“My years in Kenya confirmed me in the path I had chosen. Africa poured forth gifts that I have always treasured, made me a better teacher, and gave me a perspective that broadened and deepened my research.”
After returning to the US, Maples continued to research primates in Silver Springs, Florida.
In 1972, Maples became the Chair of the Department of Social Sciences at the Florida Museum of Natural History and soon after was called to his first forensic case. He began regularly investigating cases in the 1970s.
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He would go on to become one of the most sought after forensic anthropologists in the Southeastern United States.