Squirrels

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Squirrels belong to a large family of small or medium-sized rodents called the Sciuridae. The family includes tree squirrels, ground squirrels, chipmunks, marmots (including woodchucks), flying squirrels, and prairie dogs. Squirrels are indigenous to the Americas, Eurasia, and Africa and have been introduced to Australia. Squirrels are first attested in the Eocene, about forty million years ago, and are most closely related to the mountain beaver and to dormice among living species.

The word squirrel, first attested in 1327, comes via Anglo-Norman esquirel from the Old French escurel, the reflex of a Latin word sciurus. This Latin word was itself borrowed from Ancient Greek word σκίουρος, skiouros, which means shadow-tailed, referring to the bushy appendage possessed by many of its members.

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* Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage, or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb, with great labor, and incessant anxiety, but never reach the top. - Robert Burton


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  • Squirrels Stumble in Erie, 5-1
    Erie, PA - The Erie SeaWolves (52-55) downed the Richmond Flying Squirrels (64-43), 5-1, at Jerry Uht Park on Saturday night. After Richmond had claimed the previous seven games in the season-series, Erie has now grabbed the past two. Read more on this news related to 'Squirrels'
  • Squirrels win regional, heading to third World Series in program history
    DICKINSON, N.D. -- After a dominant showing in the Midwest Plains Regional Tournament, the Charleston Fighting Squirrels have again booked their ticket to the Senior Babe Ruth World Series. Read more on this news related to 'Squirrels'
  • Redskins Lineman Moses Joins Squirrels Tuesday
    RICHMOND, VA - The Richmond Flying Squirrels, Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants are pleased to announce that Washington Redskins offensive lineman and Richmond native Morgan Moses will throw out the first pitch before the Squirrels game on Tuesday, July 28th at The Diamond. Read more on this news related to 'Squirrels'

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