I am planning on making a new species based on octopus and humans. Human in skeletal structure, Octopus flexibility. I am thinking of calling them octopeople.
As far as flexibility, I am thinking of having muscles in the arms attaching directly to muscles without any bones. Not sure if I should have human hands with bones or 5 smaller tentacles attached to the arms as fingers.
But the more important question is how to protect organs. If the muscles are attached to muscles for flexibility that is 1 thing but human organ systems which need protection is another.
I can see how all of these organs would need some kind of protection:
- GI tract
- Gall bladder
I mean squeezing through an area no bigger than your eye or even squeezing through an area no bigger than your arm would cause death from external pressure if humans were even able to do it. The reasons babies don't die from pressure in the birth canal is their skeleton consisting of a significant amount of cartilage, the elasticity of the birth canal, the fontanelles, and the cardinal movements of labor.
But is cartilage going to be sufficient for throat and torso protection or should there be fat around the organs to spread the pressure to not have organ failure from compression? If neither works then how could organ failure from compression be prevented?