Sciuridae 11 – The Flying Squirrel
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In keeping with the Flying theme... I kept myself up long enough to phone my nocturnal distant cousins and found out some interesting family dirt...
The Southern flying squirrel is most likely an ancestor if Asian squirrels that migrated via the Bering Land Bridge during the Miocene era, approximately 25 million years ago. In Asia, they had lived in temperate forests with a mixed deciduous and coniferous flora. During the ice ages, these squirrels were forced to move to ice-free regions. Since it was used to quite a warm climate, the Southern flying squirrel that moved to North America via the Bering Land Bridge migrated as far south as Central America during a cold period that occurred approximately 100,000 years ago. It is still possible to find the Southern flying squirrel in Mexico and Central America, but only in the form of isolated relict populations that inhabit forests found at a high altitude.
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum