/looh"see/, n.
a female given name.
Also, Luci.
/looh"see/, n.
the incomplete skeletal remains of a female hominid found in eastern Ethiopia in 1974 and classified as Australopithecus afarensis.
[after the Beatles' song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," a tape of which was played in the discoverers' camp during the expedition]

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Nickname for a remarkably complete (40% intact) hominid skeleton found by Donald Johanson at Hadar, Eth.

, in 1974 and dated to 3.2 million years ago. The specimen is usually classified as Australopithecus afarensis (see Australopithecus) and suggests
by virtue of its having long arms, short legs, an apelike chest and jaw, and a small brain but a relatively humanlike pelvis
that bipedal locomotion preceded the development of a larger (more humanlike) brain in hominid evolution. Lucy stood about 3 ft 7 in. (109 cm) and weighed about 60 lbs (27 kg). See also Hadar remains; Laetoli footprints; Sterkfontein.

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