**Figure 2.** **Erratic extensive elongation (EEE) of single telomeres in peripheral lymphocytes.** (**a**) Histogram of telomere lengths of all p and q arms of chromosomes of females (green) and males (red). The dotted line represents the theoretical Gaussian distribution, the histogram in the smaller insert represents the curve of female and male values together. The actual curves are skewed to the right. (**b**) Skewness and kurtosis of telomere lengths of p and q arms of chromosomes of lymphocytes in all age groups. Values are limited to 150 T/C values. (**c**) Skewness and kurtosis of telomere lengths of p and q arms of chromosomes of female (filled circles and green line) and male probands (open circles and red line) ranging from newborns up to 90 years. Centenarians are excluded because the male group consists of only 2 persons. Values limited to 150 T/C values as mentioned above. (see “Statistical analysis” for further details).