Darwin’s Rib

1. Please read and respond to the article titled “Darwin’s Rib” in your course reader (Park, Biological Anthropology: An Introductory Reader). 2. Your 1-2 pages essay should have an introduction, body and conclusion, and be at least three paragraphs long. 3. Use evidence and examples to support your ideas. Use quotes as evidence, and explain why you have used them. 4. You should use at least two reliable sources, cited in a references list at the bottom of the assignment. You must use your own words to write this assignment, otherwise it is considered plagiarism and can carry severe academic consequences. If you use phrases or sentences from another author, cite the author’s words by using quotations and making a reference at the end of the quote, like this: “The anthropologist discovered bodies in the tomb” (Jones 1992). (1) Summarize the main points of the article in one paragraph. This includes the author’s main argument and conclusions. What is the author trying to say? Avoid using quotes in the main idea paragraph. Include the title of the article and the author’s last name in the first line of the paragraph. (2) Look at the writing with a critical eye. What tone does the author take in his or her writing? Is this author arguing from a scientific, personal, or emotional perspective? This paragraph should examine how the author writes, not what the author writes. You must include one or more quotes from the text as evidence for your argument about author’s tone. In other words, show what you mean about how the author writes by including quotes. (3) Make a connection to something other than the article. Have you heard about this subject before? If so, where and when? (For example, Do you know someone afflicted with this particular genetic disorder? Have you seen a television show dealing with this issue?) Please describe your connection. If you have no clear connection to the article, you may discuss your personal response to it in a general way. Please avoid writing “I have no connection to this article.” Develop one!

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