A decade and a half ago, Lewis-Williams (1977: 167) argued that /Han=kass'o's failure to comment on the ichthyoid
feature, together with the similar appearance of some other paintings in the same region (Lewis-Williams 1977: figure 2), suggests that 'the mermaid effect has been created by poor draughtsmanship rather than an intention to depict human beings with ichthyoid
Dick's Ganymedian slime-mold Lord Running Clam; Octavia Butler's gigantic tentacled Oankali slugs; Hal Clement's Mesklinite centipedes; the ichthyoids
, arachnoids, nautiloids, and echinoderms of Star Maker; the sublime jellyfish of The Abyss.
It's only the legs that give these ichthyoids
of Olympic stardom and decided he'd rather tour the world with Disney on Ice.