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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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shavermystery Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
Empyrean...I'm working on an art book about a sci fi writer from the 1940s who wrote about ancient Mer people (he believed they did exist), and I would love to use this skeletal drawing as an illo for his article. If full credit is given to you, would you be open to such a possibility? You can contact me at, or here. Many thanks! Richard
empyrean Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I received a copy of your book, 'Rokfogo', today.  I appreciate your including my piece in your book!
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RobynRose Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
hello, your art is being stolen by this blog: fucktonofanatomyreferences.tum…

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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.)
BlackSkeletonGirl Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
so cool!Heart Heart Heart 
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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.
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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