Anth 140: Second Assignment
Non-Human Living Primate Research Report (20 points)
This Second Assignment asks you to gather appropriate information from at least three (3) reputable sources and write a cohesive short report on your choice of a specific living non-human primate species. Your detailed and original report will demonstrate your understanding of the physical adaptations and the social behaviors of your chosen species, and the environmental factors that supported evolution of this type of primate. Refer to Lecture 6 and Lecture 7 Power Point and reading for ideas!
- Your first paragraph must identify your chosen non-human primate by its scientific name (genus and species), its common name and the location of primary wild population(s) in the world. Identify the taxonomic structure for your chosen species with reference to the Primate Phylogeny in the Lecture 6 resources. Your first paragraph must end with a clear and specific thesis statement that encapsulates your plan to provide information about this species.
- IMPORTANT: This assignment is about a specific species of living, non-human primate.
- DO NOT write about a general group term like lemur, monkey or ape.
- Make sure that the species you chose to write about is a non-human PRIMATE.
- Present and analyze the current scientific research regarding this topic. Include discussion of physical features, dental formula, preferred food(s), sexual dimorphism, unusual physical characteristics that distinguish this particular species from other species in that genus, what differentiates this particular species from similar species in that taxonomic group (for example: prosimians vs. anthropoids, Old World Monkeys vs, New World Monkeys, African Apes vs. Asian Apes).
- Present and analyze the current scientific research regarding behavioral aspects of your chosen species. Include discussion of whether this species is diurnal or nocturnal, primary social structure, group size at different times of the day or night, philopatric practice (female philopatric or male philopatric) and what this means in terms of dispersal patterns and dominance hierarchies.
- Your paper must end with a clear and concise conclusion that includes a reflection on the endangered status of your chosen species in its natural habitat.
Submit your paper by 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday 5/6/2020.
IMPORTANT: Canvas does not accept work submitted in .pages or as Google Docs, Google Drive shared documents or as ZIP files. Submit your paper as a Word doc or .docx or as .rtf or .pdf file. I cannot grade your paper if I cannot open it!
See the second page below for important information on how to construct your paper!
REQUIREMENTS for this assignment:
- Type your name, the topic (Second Assignment) and the due date in the top left corner of your paper. DO NOT put anything else at the top of the page. DO NOT use a cover page, DO NOT include an abstract for this paper.
- Minimum at least two full pages of text. 2 to 3 pages is an appropriate length for this assignment. Double-spaced, one-inch margins (check your left and right margins), typed in English, using any 12-point font.
- Include a full source page at the end of your report (three sources minimum, more is better). List complete source citations in APA format. Include as much of the following information as possible: author(s) family name followed by first initial, year of publication, title of article or book, name of journal, magazine or book including volume/issue and page numbers of publication, website where the article was published, date of website information retrieval.
Website APA citation format examples:
The Writing Center. (2019). Plagiarism. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved January 4, 2019, from https://writingcenter.unc.edu/tips-and-tools/plagiarism/
- Use in-text citations to identify the source(s) of quoted and/or technical and/or highly specialized information included in your paper. In-text citations look like this: (family name of author, first initials of author, year of publication). For example: (Smithson, J. 2019). DO NOT use footnotes. DO NOT include the entire source citation as an in-text citation.
- IMPORTANT: Do not plagiarize information presented in your paper. Do not copy from any source, including the article(s) you use as references. Do not copy and paste or change a few words in someone else’s sentence structure and call it your own words. This is still plagiarism! Plagiarized papers will receive a score of “0”.
This assignment is worth 20 points: 15 points for content and 5 points for correctly written source page. I am looking for a well written, original and concise report on a specific topic, as well as a properly constructed reference page that contains all sources of information used in this report.
- Excellent work (score 18-20): Demonstrates thorough understanding of the topic through specific, detailed discussion. Analysis addresses all aspects of the assignment prompt. Conclusion is comprehensive and concise.
- Good work (score 16-17): Demonstrates moderate understanding of the topic through discussion, but lacks sufficient detail. Analysis addresses aspects of the assignment prompt, but is skewed towards the student’s point of view (did not analyze the topics, just answered the questions). Conclusion is adequate but not thorough.
- Adequate work (score 14-15): Demonstrates some understanding of the topic but lacks sufficient discussion and details. Analysis lacks details and/or insufficient understanding of research information. Able to draw generic conclusion or missing conclusion.
- Inadequate work (score 12-13): Demonstrates some understanding of the topic, but little effort was made to complete this assignment. Opinion outweighs analysis, little demonstration of having learned anything about the topic.
- Not acceptable work (score 11 or below): Did not understand the assignment.
- Plagiarized work or no assignment submitted: score of “0”