Elaine Morgan, who has done a many thing in her life and is also the chief proponent of the more recent version of the Aquatic Ape Theory, has died at the age of 92.
Dr Morgan only retired at the start of this year from writing a weekly column for the Western Mail after suffering ill health in 2012.
The coal miner’s daughter, who lived in Mountain Ash, Rhondda Cynon Taf, passed away on Friday morning, three weeks after suffering a stroke.
Her daughter-in-law Kim Morgan said: “She was an incredible woman and so inspirational to so many people.”
Her book The Descent of Woman became an international bestseller, turning her into a feminist hero who toured the US three times.
She went on to devote her attention increasingly to the subject of human origins.
She was awarded the OBE in 2009 for services to literature and education and earlier this year she was made an honorary freeman of Rhondda Cynon Taf.