Writing in the Sciences Assignment #2: A “Perspectives” Article for the Journal Science

Writing Assignment #2: Scientists Writing for Scientists – A “Perspectives” Article for the Journal Science.  (5 – 6 pp.)

As a biologist with research interests on human origins, you are writing an article for the “Perspectives” section in the journal Science. Your topic is recent developments in human ancestry.  Your discussion may revolve around the placement of Australopithecus sediba, or Ardipithecus ramidus (“Ardi”) in the family tree, or DNA analyses that indicate the presence of Neanderthal and Denisovan DNA in modern humans.  A ‘Perspectives” article explores and evaluates the recent literature from the perspective of the writer, and provides a list of references.

Learning Goals: Researching a topic from multiple sources; comparing perspectives; developing a scientific “voice”; clarity in expression of ideas; appropriately citing sources


Science, Dec. 2011, Perspectives.
Tattersall and Schwartz, Extinct Humans.
Darwin, The Descent of Man
Jolly, “The Evolution of Primate Behavior”, from Readings in American Scientist
Gould, The Mismeasure of Man

Informal Writing Assignments: Brief summaries of individual research sources, evaluative responses to readings

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