Sally Morgan (Metamorphic Petrologist, University of Leeds, U.K.) and Julie Carlut (Paleomagnetist, Laboratoire de Geologie École Normale Supérieure, France), modern-day twin figureheads bringing luck to Expedition 312. [A note about figureheads: From the 16th through the 18th centuries, carved wooden figureheads of human, animal, or mythical beings were placed in the bows of ships so that their eyes could "find the way" and the positive properties of the figureheads could directly or indirectly further the purpose of the journey. This practice may have originated with Chinese and Egyptian seafarers who painted eyes on the bows of their vessels, believing that these adornments would enable the ships to find their way.] [Photo ID: exp312_089]
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