• The Washington Post


For decades, scientists thought that flying squirrels could do little more than glide, controlling their descent from a high point to a low point. But most detailed observations took place in laboratory settings.

The laboratory is not where Alexander Badyaev prefers to be. Badyaev is a University of Arizona professor of evolutionary biology. He was born in Russia, so, when pronouncing the word “squirrel,” he endearingly calls to mind Boris Badenov.

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