“She may have come from Japan or the Far East. A lot of these kind of mermaids came from that area and were made by fishermen and they sold them to supplement their income as sort of fake mermaids.”
“The teeth are carved bone and we think the eyes are actually some sort of mollusc shell,” said Ms Hollinshead.
“We didn’t know if there were any bits of monkey in the top half, as there are in some of these, but that’s proven not to be the case.”
The team hopes further tests will determine what the mermaid’s skin is made from.