As Lucy’s body took shape under my fingers, it became evident that it would not be like that of any creature alive today. There are both apelike and familiarly humanlike aspects of her anatomy, but her body is not identical to either.
The implication of the anatomical work is that, when reconstructing Lucy, she must be met on her own terms. I could not build a diminutive human form over this unique skeleton, nor could I build that of an ape. The process reveals a body unique to her kind.