Comparative Research Paper

| August 18, 2015

This assignment will demonstrate your ability to compare and contrast information about early primate species in short essay format. This research assignment requires you to have a working knowledge of appropriate source material retrieval and the skill set to organize material in an appropriate format. Your task is to write a 3 – 4 page research paper in which you compare/contrast ecological conditions that contributed to the evolution of early primates. Your paper should include discussion of: Paleocene ecological conditions that contributed to selection for primate traits: Pleisiadapiforms Eocene ecological conditions that contributed to selection for true primates: Adapids and Omomyids Oligocene ecological conditions that contributed to the evolution of early monkeys: Apidium and Aegyptopithecus. Miocene ecological conditions that contributed to the evolution of early apes: Proconsul and at least one another early ape species of your choice. Apply the concepts of gene flow, genetic drift, adaptive radiation and how availability of food and appropriate habitats affected primate evolution from 65 million years ago (mya) to 10 mya. Your paper must have an introduction and a conclusion. Your thesis statement must appear at the end of your first paragraph. Your conclusion should demonstrate what you learned from your research. Requirements: 1) Name, date and subject at the top left corner of the first page. NOTHING ELSE. No title page or cover pages, no abstracts! 2) Papers must be typed, double-spaced, spell-checked and proof-read for correct grammar. 3) Use one-inch margins – no 1.25 inch margins. Adjust your default margins to 1-inch if necessary. 4) Use a minimum of three (3) reputable, college-appropriate sources to gather information**. No Wikipedia, no blogs, no children’s learning websites. 5) Use APA-format in-text citations for information that is not common knowledge. 6) Three pages of text minimum, four-page maximum, not including source page (source page is a separate, additional page at the end of your paper). 7) Source page must be written in APA format on a separate sheet. Papers without a source page will lose 5 points. **Use your textbook as one of your three required sources: Stanford, Allen and Anton’s “Exploring Biological Anthropology” 3rd edition.

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