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Article Reviews for Anthropology

(1)The Tall and the Short of It By Barry Bogin

(2)Teaching Theories: The Evolution- Creation Controversy By Robert Root-Bernstein Donald L. McEachron Robert Root-Bernstein

(3)Great Mysteries of Human Evolution ... By Carl Zimmer

(4) A New Kind of Ancestor: Ardipithecus Unveiled. By Ann Gibbons

(5)What are Friends for By Barbara Smuts (Natural History 1987?)
• Include title and author of article
• Thesis Statement (Whether or not you recommend the article).
• Primary subject/content of the article.
• Did the author follow anthropological theory and methods in his/her article?
• What did you agree with in this article
• What did you not agree with this article?
• Would you recommend this book to others? Why or why not?

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Dear Student,
Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. In this particular task, you are being asked to do a review of 2 different works following a format. This is easy enough to achieve as long as you stick to the essentials. I suggest therefore this simple outline:

1. Article Particulars
2. Thesis Statement and Recommendation + subject & content - 150 words
3. Theory & Methods - 100 words
4. Analysis (agreement, critique, recommendation) - 100 words

This would be the same for both articles, all told should be no more than 400 words each. The articles are lengthy but are classic reads so only zero in on what is essential. I suggest using the listed resources to further explore each. Just let me know via the feedback section if you need further clarification. All the best with your studies.

Sincerely,
AE 105878/Xenia Jones

Article Reviews

Article 1

• Gibbons, Ann (2009). "A New Kind of Ancestor: Ardipithecus Unveiled" from Science, Vol. 236, No. 5949, pp. 36-40. URL: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/326/5949/36

According to Gibbons, "the skeleton and pieces of at least 35 additional individuals of Ar. ramidus reveal a new type of early hominin that was neither chimpanzee nor human." She alleges this in her article, as part of the findings of the research that have been undertaken by the team that have studied 'Ardi', or the remains of a rare 4.4 million year old hominid, whose scientific name has been assigned as "Ardipithecus ramidus". Her thesis thus alleges that Ardi is a new 'kind' of hominid and one much older than the famed 'Lucy' who was much younger at 3.2 million years old. In another work, Gibbons (2009) writes, "Ardi's biggest surprise is that she was not transitional between Australopithecus and a common ancestor that looked like living chimpanzees and gorillas. Standing 120 centimeters tall, Ardi had a body and brain only slightly ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) on the topic of doing reviews on a selected set of articles in the field of anthropology. An outline is suggested and information for the Gibbons and Boggins articles are provided with additional resources.

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