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The skeleton of an extinct mermaid is on display in Copenhagen

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Fri, 02/04/2010

Copenhagen, which lost its bronze celebrity statue of the little Mermaid for six months, got a skeleton of its ancestor on world laughter day, courtesy of the city's natural history Museum.

The little Mermaid statue last week left its" home " on Copenhagen's waterfront for the first time in its century-long history to become an exhibit at the Shanghai world's fair, which opens on may 1.

"Our little Mermaid won't be in Copenhagen for six months, so we thought we should replace her. The first of April, after all! " - the Agency quotes the words of the representative of the Museum Hanna Strager.

Having conceived an original way to make fun of fellow citizens and tourists of the city, the staff of the natural history Museum notified almost all local media that the little Mermaid "returned".

The organizers of the exhibition claimed that there are only two skeletons of extinct mermaids in the world. The first of them, fully preserved "its original appearance", appeared before the eyes of an astonished audience on the Copenhagen embankment on April 1.

Another skeleton of an anthropomorphic fish species (Hydronymphus pesci) that disappeared at the end of the 17th century, Museum officials said, is in the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, but it does not have a tail.

"The mermaid is made half in the form of a human skeleton, and half from the bones of a swordfish. A lot of passers-by thought it was funny and actively photographed near the statue, " said Strager.

The" paleoversion " of the Copenhagen symbol is very similar to the original statue: it sits on a rock in the same position.

The bronze figure of the heroine of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale was created and installed in Copenhagen by the sculptor Edvard Eriksen in August 1913.

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