physical anthropology

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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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Evidently, the Great War became a catalyst for the professionalization of physical anthropology.
If physical anthropology was indeed the "leading science of its time," with the capacity to "recreate the world on the basis of rational knowledge" (15), this was certainly not reflected in its nominal status.
Caucasians ranked superior due to their larger crania, and it is from this scientific orientation that Fabian examines the scientific climate enshrouding early American physical anthropology.
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It is a branch of physical anthropology concerned with the interpretation of skeletal features that may be shared among groups, reflect an individual's life history, make a person unique, or indicate how and when someone may have died.
She focuses on recent literature published in the top journals, where as many of a quarter of articles are encompassed in the specialty within physical anthropology.
Dean Falk, "Comparative Anatomy of the Larynx in Man and the Chimpanzee: Implications for Language in Neanderthal," American Journal of Physical Anthropology 43 (1995):123.
She could discuss linguistics with the linguists, knew a fair bit about prehistory and physical anthropology and had what Young (p.
Ever since the existence of scientific research, human evolution has been a central topic in the crossfire of scientific fields such as physical anthropology, linguistics, and genetics.
The researchers used state-of-the-art genetics and isotope techniques to reconstruct along with physical anthropology and archaeology.
Hershkovitz, Israel, Liora Kornreich and Zvi Laron 2007 'Comparative skeletal features between Homo floresiensis and patients with primary growth hormone insensitivity (Laron syndrome)', American Journal of Physical Anthropology 134 (2): 198-208.
2008: 542) argue that "much ink has needlessly been shed both in forensic and physical anthropology on the need for 'population specific' estimators, when in fact many of the perceived differences in aging between samples derive from the different age structures of the study populations.

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