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2008-02-07 17:05:00

Southeast Asian colugo could help researchers understand evolution of gliding and flight Berkeley -- The "flying" lemur of Malaysia is the champion of all gliding mammals, able to drop from the forest canopy, glide more than the length of two football fields, execute 90-degree turns and then alight gently on a tree trunk. Researchers in Singapore, the United Kingdom and at the University of California, Berkeley, are discovering how these animals move with the help of a miniature backpack...

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2006-12-13 13:05:00

NEW YORK - A new fossil discovery from China shows that a tiny squirrel-like creature glided through the air during the age of dinosaurs, more than 75 million years earlier than scientists had documented that ability in a mammal. The creature might have even beaten birds into the air. Like today's flying squirrels, it stretched a furry membrane between its limbs to provide an airfoil for gliding after it jumped from a tree. But it's not related to anything living today. Scientists don't know...


Latest Flying squirrel Reference Libraries

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2006-12-12 14:29:20

Squirrel is the common name for rodents of the family Sciuridae. In everyday speech in the English-speaking world, it usually refers to members of the genera Sciurus and Tamiasciurus. These typical members of the family are tree squirrels with large bushy tails. They are indigenous to Europe, Asia and the United States. Similar genera are found in Africa. The Sciuridae family also includes flying squirrels, and ground squirrels such as the chipmunks, prairie dogs, and woodchucks. The...

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callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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