I did a few drawings a while ago for a blog post in the New Babbage ning forum. The post was about a merman, very similar to a digital painting I had done before that. This is one of the illustrations. The original post here: [link]
Unique. Is it more of a serpent like tail, as there are no fan like bones on the end of the tail, or would that be cartalidge. (you've probably written it next to the tail but i can't see the writing,as i nether have nor can find my glasses)
I was thinking of dolphin anatomy when I made this, and dolphins don't have any bone in their tail, just connective tissue, just like their back fin. Also, dolphins have a very rudimentary pelvic bones so I drew a half dolphin, half human pelvis. Other parts are just human.
Absolutely fascinating! It is interesting to note that I have often considered something more or less similar...with more dolphin-like characteristics and the need to breathe oxygen. Quite an interesting coincidence (even though mine look quite a bit more like porpoises or dolphins than the usual merpeople.)
I absolutely love the details! And your post with all the scientific information was lovely. It makes the worldbuilder in me shiver with excitement! Because I've always played around with the anatomy of mythical creatures to see what they would be like if they really existed.
This is really fantastic. Very imaginative. I've never seen anyone try a biological take on a merman. Nice job combining aspects of fish (yes, I know technically dolphins aren't fish) and human skeletal characteristics in the pelvic transition section.