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Step 1: Choose a popular press article on an evolutionary anthropology topic from the list provided. Please note: You will need to find the original research that the article is reporting on. When Women are at Their Most Fertile Time of the Month, They Smell Better to Men Is it true that periods synchronise when women live together? Sorry David Attenborough, we didn’t evolve from ‘aquatic apes’ – here’s why Is There an Optimal Diet for Humans? Write a critique (~1000 words not including references, Times New Roman, 12 point font, double spaced) on the science reporting. In order to properly critique the science report you will need to read the original research article(s). Critically evaluate how the journalist reported on the research and the findings. Was the report accurate? Was the journalist able to cut through the jargon and complexities often found in scientific writing and translate the findings and their importance (or lack thereof) to the public? Was the article able to address the nuances in the findings or did the journalist just go for the flashy summary and headline? Pay particular attention to the use of quantitative data in both the popular and scientific article (e.g., Do the formats utilize quantitative data in different ways? Are quantitative results accurately presented in the popular article or are statistics “cherry picked”?) Your paper should begin with a 1 paragraph overview of the research. The remainder of the paper should be focused on the critique. Citations and a reference page are required. Failure to integrate the original research article, and cite at least 3 additional references will result in you not passing this assignment, so please don’t forget that these components! In total you should have at least 5 citations, the popular press article, the cited primary source article, and 3 additional scholarly references.


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