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anthropomorphism

 [an″thro-po-mor´fizm]
the attribution of human characteristics to nonhuman beings and objects.

an·thro·po·mor·phism

(an'thrō-pō-mōr'fizm),
Ascription of human shape or qualities to nonhuman creatures or inanimate objects. Compare: theriomorphism.
[anthropo- + G. morphē, form]

an·thro·po·mor·phism

(an'thrŏ-pō-mōr'fizm)
Assignment of human shape or qualities to nonhuman creatures or inanimate objects.
[anthropo- + G. morphē, form]

anthropomorphism

Attributing human characteristics to the diety, to inanimate objects, animals, or phenomena. Because of our experiential limitations and need to find explantions, however unsatisfactory, we commonly resorts to an anthropomorphic concept of anything transcendental.

anthropomorphism

the attribution of human characteristics to animals other than man.
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Although the design form is only recorded in a single rock painting from Dauan, an extensive geographical relationship spreading into Papua New Guinea does appear to exist between design form and placement (on the belly of an anthropomorph) found on both fixed and portable media.
Both anthropomorphs remain clearly visible, although initial sketches (by Bruno David) from the 2001 recordings, and subsequent computer enhancement in 2002 detected a distinctive Torres Strait-style 'headdress' extending from the head of one anthropomorph (a single curved line with a series of smaller downward curved lines extending upwards at approximately 45 degrees and spaced at intervals) (Figure 11 upper right).
Port Hedland differs significantly from the Dampier Archipelago (and Upper Yule) provinces in anthropomorph percentages, non-figurative motifs and depictions of material culture.
In regard to how a psychologist was chosen to direct the Station and why, bear in mind Rothmann's priorities in setting out to study these species: "At first, I will prioritize psychological research in anthropomorphs; in the future, however, once their psychic functions are well-known, we shall also examine their neurophysiology" (Rothmann, 1912, pp.87).
Vatulele (Ewins 1995: 23-74) is especially remarkable, with approximately 95 painted face motifs, anthropomorphs, birds, watercrafts, negative hands and geometrics.
Concepts illuminated here include beast fables, anthropomorphs, humanimals, and l'animot.
Thus more than 85 per cent of prehistoric art is concerned with only five subjects: anthropomorphs, zoomorphs, structures, objects, signs.
But most attempts to bring the idea to fruition have been spectacular failures, sunk by cartoon-like anthropomorphs darting across the computer screen, pestering their masters with "helpful" tips.
In many of the Paleoindian pictographs drawn on the walls of cliffs and caves in the North American West, where I live, "anthropomorphs" will often be drawn as if they had emerged from a crack in the rock surface, the tip of one arm or leg still in touch with it.