Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Lucy’s Child

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.

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