A skeletal bestiary of myth (pictures)
This piece of sideshow history was famous in its day, touring with the Barnum & Bailey Circus for two decades. In reality, the mermaid consisted of half a monkey sewn onto half a fish and then preserved.
The carnivorous Jackalope hails from North America, where it creates mischief and mayhem in trickster style. It has the body of a jackrabbit and the horns of an antelope -- hence its name.
The Wolpertinger is the Jackalope's Bavarian cousin, of sorts: along with antlers, it also has wings and fangs, and its body, although usually a rabbit's, can take the form of any small mammal.
The origins of the fairy are not known. Some say they are the angels who refused to take a side in the battle between God and Lucifer. Their moral code is certainly very different to that of humans, and these insect-winged sprites can either help or hassle.