By StephanieV. February 8th, 2014
Richard H. Meadow at Harvard wrote in response to a question about whether the so-called unicorn seal depicts a mythical animal or a composite: "Some believe the one, some the other. There is no evidence for any unicorn - one horned beast - from the faunal record. A third belief is that it was a wild ox with the horns shown in profile. That is possible, although if so it is idealized and perhaps a conventional depiction. I go for either the depiction being of a mythical animal or of an ox with head in profile produced according to a particular convention - not necessarily an either/or interpretation!" Shown are close-ups of four unicorn seal creatures, the top right is from Mohenjo-daro, the other three are from Harappa.