What is Larmarckian inheritance?

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1) What is Larmarckian inheritance? Explain why this mode of inheritance does not work, using an original example (one of your own, not from the article).

2) What is Darwin’s explanation of inheritance by Natural Selection? Refer to your textbook and/or the Chapter 2 power point presentation to help you synthesize this information. Tell me YOUR understanding of this information. DO NOT copy from the article, the textbook or the power points.

3) What is a “sex-linked” trait? Is inheritance of a specific number of pairs of human ribs a sex-linked trait? Does understanding this scientific observation of inheritance contradict Creationist accounts of the first human parents? How or why not?

4) Briefly discuss the difference between scientific fact and faith-based belief in terms of observations and testable evidence. Are these two approaches mutually incompatible (must we choose one or the other, not both) or can they work together to understand the web of life on our planet?

5) Finish your essay with a brief conclusion about what you learned from this analysis.

Anthr 1: Analysis Assignment Due: Friday 2/2/2018 by 11:00 p.m.

Brief critical analysis of an article (10 points)

This Critical Analysis assignment asks you to analyze the information contained in the article under reference. I want to know what you think of the impact of the information presented in this article. Do not write a summary of the article itself.

In the assigned article “Darwin’s Rib” (located in the Chapter 2 resources on the course website), the author Robert Root-Bernstein mentions several observations about the number of ribs in men and women that support evolutionary theory and clarify the basis for the student’s initial answer to the research question.

1) What is Larmarckian inheritance? Explain why this mode of inheritance does not work, using an original example (one of your own, not from the article).

2) What is Darwin’s explanation of inheritance by Natural Selection? Refer to your textbook and/or the Chapter 2 power point presentation to help you synthesize this information. Tell me YOUR understanding of this information. DO NOT copy from the article, the textbook or the power points.

3) What is a “sex-linked” trait? Is inheritance of a specific number of pairs of human ribs a sex-linked trait? Does understanding this scientific observation of inheritance contradict Creationist accounts of the first human parents? How or why not?

4) Briefly discuss the difference between scientific fact and faith-based belief in terms of observations and testable evidence. Are these two approaches mutually incompatible (must we choose one or the other, not both) or can they work together to understand the web of life on our planet?

5) Finish your essay with a brief conclusion about what you learned from this analysis.

REQUIREMENTS:

Your name, date and subject in the top left corner of your paper. DO NOT put my name or the course name/number at the top of the page.

No title page, no abstract, no bibliography or source page.

Minimum one full page of text. 1½ – 2 pages is an appropriate length for this assignment.

Double-spaced, one-inch margins all around, typed in English, 12-point font.

Use grammar befitting of a college student who cares about her/his grade. Spell-check and re-read your paper before submitting it to the drop box for this assignment on the course website.

Save and submit your paper as a Word doc or .docx or as .rtf or .pdf files. Canvas does not accept work submitted in .pages or as Google Docs, Google Drive shared documents or as ZIP files.

IMPORTANT:

Every student must write his or her own, original essay based on their individual understanding of the topic and written specifically for this winter cybersession class at DVC. Do not copy from any source, including the article under reference. Plagiarized papers will receive a grade of “0”.

Plagiarism means copying anyone else’s words and/or sentence structure and trying to pass them off as your own, original work. Review this website to understand what is plagiarism and what is not: http://www.plagiarism.org/plagiarism-101/what-is-plagiarism/

Grading Rubric

This assignment is worth 10 points: 8 points for content and 2 points for following format directions. The scientific method is grounded in precision and rigid testing format. You will be marked down for any incorrect formatting. I am looking for your brief, critical analysis of a short article, written within specific parameters of style and paragraph topics.

Excellent work (score 9-10):

Demonstrates thorough understanding of the topic through specific, detailed discussion, comparison and contrast.

Analysis includes thorough discussion of topics noted in the assignment prompt.

Conclusion is comprehensive and concise.

Good work (score 8):

Demonstrates moderate understanding of the topic through discussion, comparison and contrast but lacks sufficient detail.

Analysis includes discussion of the topics, but 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 7):

Demonstrates some understanding of the topic but lacks sufficient discussion and details.

Analysis includes some discussion of the topics but lacks details and/or insufficient understanding of research information.

Able to draw generic conclusion.

Inadequate work (score 6):

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 5 or below):

Did not understand the assignment.

Plagiarized work or no assignment submitted: score of “0”

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