article review assignment anthropology 4 questions

Article Assignment #1 (35 points) When did hominins lose their body hair?

For this assignment, you will read two articles (one is 6 pages, one is 2 pages) and answer a series of questions shown below.Please read the questions carefully ahead of time.

  • You should NOT simply quote the articles to answer the questions; you should synthesize information and answer in your own words.If you feel the need to use a short quote, be sure to appropriately cite the article and put the text in quotations.
  • You do not need to include a Works Cited page.
  • Do not plagiarize or copy each other’s work!
  • Your responses should be single-spaced, and numbered by question,
  • Word count should be approximately 750 to 1000 words (in total, not for each question).
  • To submit the assignment, cut and paste your answers (or attach an uploaded file) into the “ASSIGNMENT” section, NOT the COMMENTS section.
  • Your file must be in an appropriate format that can be read by Canvas.This includes .doc, .docx, .txt, .rtf, .pdf, and .html file formats only—please do not use the .pages format (Apple freeware)—you can choose to “save as” an acceptable format or simply cut and paste.


Jablonski, N.2012The Naked Truth, Scientific American, online edition,….

Pagel, M. and W. Bodmer2003 A Naked Ape Would Have Fewer Parasites, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biology Letters, S117-119.


1. What is the purpose of hair in animals? Describe several examples. (5 points)

2. Do humans truly have no hair at all? Describe the type of hair we have, according to the articles. (5 points)

3. When specifically does Nina Jablonski hypothesize that hominins lost their hair and what is the evidence for this timing? (5 points)

4. The two articles discuss several different hypotheses for why humans lost their hair. Please provide a summary of each hypothesis in your own words, along with a brief evaluation of each hypothesis (the Pagel and Bodmer article has brief descriptions of three, the Jablonski article is considerably longer but only one hypothesis—simply cover the main elements). (20 points)

Pagel and Bodmer:

Simple Body Cooling

Aquatic Ape

Parasite Loads


Eccrine Sweating

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