Sobriquet applied to specimen OH
62 by supporters of the perspective that Australo-pithecus afarensis is the ancestor
of Homo habilis and, thus, of all later humans
. According to this argument, OH
62 is H. habilis when the skull
is analyzed, but the postcrania
show strong evidence of a link to A. afarensis (the species
to which Lucy
is attributed). ludus naturae: Latin for joke of nature, and often applied to early art
in which a stone
that had a perceived resemblance to some object, was touched up to enhance the resemblance.
Cf. lusus naturae.