Environmental Change and Human Evolution

Essay Topic How has the environment been a factor in human evolution?  How has the environment transformed humans and their ancestors, both biologically and culturally?   You will be graded on your understanding of the readings and your ability to integrate the information.  Good anthropological writing is based on details.  Make your answer as completely as possible.  This essay is worth 14% of your total grade- more than two quizzes and more than several blogs.  Do not underestimate the significance of this assignment for your grade. deMenocal,  Peter B., 2019, ‘Climate Shocks’, Scientific American, special edition- Fall 2019: 10-15. Marean, Curtis W., 2019, ‘When the Sea Saved Humanity’, Scientific American, special edition- Fall 2019: 25-31.   Write the essay.  The essay should be written professionally and cleanly.  You can use any editing style that you feel comfortable with or have used in the past.  No bibliography is needed for this essay.  It would help if you focused your writing on the assigned readings.  Be sure also to support the essay readings with information from the classified section on ‘Human Evolution.’  You must demonstrate to me your overall comprehension of human evolution. No quotations!  Your overall score will be lowered by 10 points for each line of quotes.   The essay has no word minimum or maximum.  It would help if you wrote an essay long enough to complete the assignment thoroughly.   You need to discuss the specifics of the two articles.  Three-time periods are reviewed in the article: 2.9 to 2.4 million years ago 1.9 to 1.6 million years ago 195,000 years ago until 123,000 years ago  Describe what happened in each time period! What were the environmental changes?  You need to discuss four different species: Australopithecus afarensis, Paranthropus sp., early Homo, and Homo sapiens.  Discuss all four. Which one fits with which time period?  Tell me how they changed physically, behaviorally, and culturally.  Submitting your paper for grading: You will access “Turnitin” on the class Blackboard.  Upload your essay to this program.  I will not accept the essay in any other form.  The program will not work with Apple Safari.   Do not copy text from another source. This website allows a comparison of your work with internet sources, published articles, and the papers of millions of other students throughout the U.S. and Europe.  The information is private and can only be accessed by the student and your professor.  It is a straightforward program.  After the analysis, Turnitin will submit a score and list similar sources.  If the score is over 18%, I will review the paper carefully for plagiarized materials.     Grading Rubric for Essays Content: 50% Clearly understands the assignment. Covers to all aspects of the assignment. Information and support for the information are accurate and integrated.  Claims and ideas are supported and thoroughly discusses  Alternative perspectives are carefully considered and represented.   Thinking: 30% Connections between and among ideas are made. Analysis/synthesis/evaluation/interpretation is effective and consistent. Independent thinking is evident. Creativity/originality is evident.   Presentation: 20% The objectives and rationale are consistent. The final presentation shows evidence of careful preparation. The student has demonstrated care with punctuation, grammar, and spelling.   If you have any questions or concerns about this project, please email me.

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