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University of California - Berkeley

Gecko Gliding in Wind Tunnel

Caption: This photo of a flat-tailed house gecko skydiving in a wind tunnel was selected for the cover of the March 18, 2008, issue of PNAS. Geckos use their fat-filled tail to right themselves in midair and maneuver to a secure perch.

Credit: Robert Full/UC Berkeley, copyright PNAS/NAS 2008.

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