Write a 1000-word (3-5 page) paper on the world’s stupidest organism, and the wo

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Write a 1000-word (3-5 page) paper on the world’s stupidest organism, and the world’s most amazing
organism. Then compare them. Please avoid using common house pets (e.g. cat, dog, fish, etc.). You
probably will lose points if you use a common house pet.
There are many organisms in nature that I really admire: the tiger, the octopus, the praying mantis, and
the cuttlefish. Natural selection has shaped these organisms to be beautifully adapted to their
environments or lifestyles. Then there are those that I think are just outright dumb, where natural
selection has shaped an organism with a particular or peculiar adaptation, but has left the organism
compromised in other areas.
Do some research and find what you think is the world’s dumbest organism. Tell me what it is, a little bit
about it (life history), and why you chose it to represent the stupidity of nature. Specifically, what
adaptation or characteristic does this organism possess that makes it ridiculous in your mind? How
might natural selection have shaped this adaptation? What are the evolutionary compromises that
resulted from this adaptation? The feature you choose may be anatomical, behavioral, or reproductive.
Apply the same line of questioning to what you feel is the world’s awesome-est creature. Be creative!
Keep in mind, this is a short paper, so try to focus your topic. Try to have some fun with both the
research and the writing of this paper. Originality is great. Do not write your paper on something I
already made fun of in class (unless you’re sure you can do it better). Make me laugh for bonus
points.
No references are needed. As you may have gathered from this prompt, this is not supposed to be a
scholarly research paper. In fact, I don’t want you to quote anything from anywhere. Jot some notes or
stats down if you want to before you begin, but I really want this paper to be in YOUR voice. Write it
like we’re sitting in a bar having a few beers or a coffee shop and you’re telling me about some
crazy, stupid organisms you’ve heard about. Do not cut and paste material that you have
found from a book, magazine, or the internet.
(Just for the sake of full disclosure…. I’ve done this topic before, and what many students do is a
Google search of “World’s stupidest animal” or something like that. Avoid doing this. I’m really sick of
reading papers about the Kakapo, the turkey, Koalas, or Giant Pandas. The best papers are those that
take a regular organism – perhaps with a weird characteristic – and focus on evolutionary
compromises.)
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Your papers should be grammatically correct, have been proofread, and answer the questions
completely. A major deduction in points will occur if you do not write in complete sentences, and in a
paragraph format. Good luck!

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