Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Lushius Qinlinensis Chow, 1961

Adapoid prosimian from the late Eocene of China; monotypic; phylogenetic relationship uncertain and placed in a family incertae sedis; known only from a maxillary fragment containing two teeth. Estimated body mass around 3 kg. Dental formula unknown. lusus naturae: Latin for sport of nature; said of any suddenly appearing (saltational) variant in nature (see monster); the term sport was also applied to any saltational variant well into the twentieth century. Aka freak of nature.

Cf. ludus naturae.

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