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Mermaid skeleton by empyrean Mermaid skeleton by empyrean
Anterior, lateral, and posterior view of the skeleton of a supposed mermaid which possesses cetacean traits instead of the traditional piscine. This creature is similar in form to the centaur, as the pectoral fins of a dolphin contain humerus, radius, ulna (here mislabeled femur, tibia, fibula), but absent is a second set of ribs. Hebrew script indicates this drawing is either based on another, much older work predating Latin or Arabic anatomy texts, or merely a modern fabrication attempting to imply antiquity or obscurity.

Minor revision 2013-07-01 to widen scapula, create separation at pubis, and widen lateral extensions of caudal vertebrae to better support musculature.
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Falken02 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
cool
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Dianathefox Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
intresting
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RobynRose Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
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empyrean Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this information.  I've directed the blog's author to a reduced-size current version of my mermaid anatomy pictures that I would rather them use to share with others and encourage their use as reference.  (That is really the only complaint I have about the few places I've found these specific images elsewhere on the internet; people using very early editions of them which don't include some significant corrections.)
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BlackSkeletonGirl Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
so cool!Heart Heart Heart 
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LadyDragonKat Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Awesome!
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Hessanite Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think this is awesome, but is it just me, or are the shoulder blades narrower than normal? Human shoulder blades tend to be wider, don't they? Of course, this is supposed to be a mermaid skeleton, but are the narrower shoulder blades supposed to be that narrow?
Beautiful work by the way.
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empyrean Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm...too narrow, could be, could be. The lateral extensions on the caudal spine ought to be longer, too, for being major muscle attach-points. And the pelvis could use a bit of tweaking. Pretty low on my to-do list, I'm afraid, though.
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Hessanite Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's still really good.
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uglygosling Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Fascinating! I suppose if the tail is mostly muscle ribs in that area are not really needed, and the tail itself may be much more flexible.
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