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Anthropology

Anthropology is a science of humankind. It studies all facets of society and culture. It studies tools, techniques, traditions, language, beliefs, kinships, values, social institutions, economic mechanisms, cravings for beauty and art, struggles for prestige. It describes the impact of humans on other humans. With the exception of the Physicial Anthropology discipline, Anthropology focuses on human characteristics generated and propogated by humans themselves.

Physical Anthropology studies anatomy and biology -- race, gender, adaptation. It studies humankind as a biology type, describing physical development over the millenia.

Linguistics studies the structures of language and historic relationships among them.

Ethnology studies human culture in a historic and comparative perspective. There is a subfield that concentrates on myth, music, and folklore to study human geography and human passage in time.

Applied Anthropology uses anthropological knowledge and expertise to deal with modern problems. For example, it aids in impact studies of technological innovations, public health schemes, or economic development patterns. Applied Physical Anthropology can be important in the design of work stations, cockpits, airplane seats.

It is our hope that the Web pages at this site lead you to projects and studies of humankind. There are pages which can lead you to reference material, academic departments, libraries, museums, publications, organizations, and other endeavors.

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