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A skeletal bestiary of myth (pictures)

Brian Richardson's 3D-printed skeletons are inspired by myths and legends from around the world.

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1 of 6 © Brian Richardson. Used with permission of Brian Richardson.

Sleipnir

This eight-legged horse is the legendary steed of Norse Allfather of the Gods Odin. It is also the child of Loki (which may go some way towards explaining how Thor could have thought he had given birth to a squirrel).

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2 of 6 © Brian Richardson. Used with permission of Brian Richardson.

Feejee Mermaid

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.

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3 of 6 © Brian Richardson. Used with permission of Brian Richardson.

Jackalope

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.

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4 of 6 © Brian Richardson. Used with permission of Brian Richardson.

Wolpertinger

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.

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5 of 6 © Brian Richardson. Used with permission of Brian Richardson.

Fairy

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.

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6 of 6 © Brian Richardson. Used with permission of Brian Richardson.

Centaur

This race of half-horse, half-human beings from ancient Greece were both proud and warlike, known for both their skill in battle and their great learning.

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