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the study of human beings and their development, including their customs and practices, that is based on an understanding of the contexts from which observations about human activities are derived. adj., adj anthropolog´ical.
applied anthropology the use of anthropological approaches and knowledge to influence human behavior or encourage change (including economic development) in the living patterns of different cultural groups.
physical anthropology the field of anthropology that focuses on human physical characteristics.
sociocultural anthropology the field of anthropology that focuses on shared patterns of behavior and on customary, agreed-upon solutions that influence behavior; it also includes the study of interactions between individuals.

phys·i·cal an·thro·pol·o·gy

the study of the physical attributes of human beings.

physical anthropology

The branch of anthropology concerned with physical measurement of human beings (as living subjects or skeletal remains).
See also: anthropology
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Since Dart's discovery in 1925, physical anthropologists have continued to debate whether this feature of the cranial base can serve as a direct link to bipedal fossil species.
Ward presented the research at this week's meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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