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It has been observed since the 4th century BC that geckos have the ability to climb walls, hang upside down, and apparently “stick” to anything. Aristotle was the first known to have commented on the phenomenon, stating gecko’s have the ability to “run up and down a tree in any way, even with the head downwards.” It wasn’t until recently that it was discovered what gave them this spider-man-like ability.

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http://www.post-gazette.com/healthscience/20030707gecko0707p2.asp
http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-08-scientists-gecko-footprint-clue.html
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC544316/?tool=pmcentrez
http://goldbook.iupac.org/V06597.html
http://goldbook.iupac.org/E01990.html
http://startswithabang.com/?p=1459
http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/gecko.aspx
http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/animals/creaturefeature/geckos/
http://www.wildherps.com/species/P.madagascariensis.html
http://www.geico.com/about/corporate/word-from-sponsor/

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