In the march issue
we have seen that signs of old age are not a 'privilege' of man and of the so-called
higher animals. The microscopic water bears obviously have to cope with
a series of similar symptoms, too.
Remember the pigment spots, the leather-type skin and the increasing amount
of body fat of old water-bears. Just look through your microscope and you will
notice the slow movements of the elderly water bears
which are very different from the smooth muscle play of the young ones.
All this reminds us once more of the sad fact that our own individual existence
on earth is quite limited as well. But don't get depressed now and stay cool ;-)
Obviously you are still able to read and to enjoy this text.
And now we will turn our attention to the more easy-going complementary topic.
We will look at splendid youth in all its beauty: