So, simply accept our advice: in case you should come
across this book in an antiquarian bookshop, do not ask for the price, just buy it!
Funny enough our piece is bearing a stamp indicating that it was sorted out
by a universitarian library in 2005! After 75 years of good care, in a close-to-new
condition! If you are looking for further proofs of worldwide, ubiquituous madness - this is one.
If you shouldn't be that much lucky in finding, just try to get hold of the book in one of
those bigger libraries - it is perfectly worth the effort - if you are able to
understand German. If not, the illustrations alone are worth while.
We would like to mention a few other facts about this Ernst Marcus book:
the history of tardigrade science had not been taken too seriously until to its
publication. But Ernst Marcus was able to fill 20 pages with a thrilling overview of tardigrade
science alone. Overall, this book is representing one of those rare cases where the study
of the original older literature appears to become superfluous (though such a statement should
generally be taken with caution; many excellent ideas in science have become
superseeded by subsequent weaker publications and were forgotten in the end).
After having studied the work by Ernst Marcus you will have gained a sharp visual sense for
noticing all the beautiful graphic works by Ernst Marcus' wife Eveline many of which have
been stolen by subsequent authors without any quotation, up to the present day.
After having read the text you will also notice that parts of Ernst Marcus' work have been
misunderstood and misquoted. One of the most extreme examples is a later author
who qualified Ernst Marcus' illustrations as somewhat primitive.
Ernst Marcus, being Jewish, lost his position at the Berlin university in 1936
and was forced to emigrate to Brasil, where he became a professor at the university
of São Paulo. He died in São Paulo in 1968. A picture of his wife
Eveline (1901-1990) is shown here here.
The tardigrade Hypsibius Evelinae was dedicated to Eveline Marcus.
No matter what you are going to search, informations about the nervous system
and the muscles, full page anatomy illustrations of single tardigrades,
behaviouristic studies - the tardigrade bible by Ernst Marcus will be a good starting point.