- the science that deals with the origins, physical and cultural development, biological characteristics, and social customs and beliefs of humankind.
- the study of human beings' similarity to and divergence from other animals.
- the science of humans and their works.
- Also called philosophical anthropology. the study of the nature and essence of humankind.
Origin of anthropology
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- The scientific study of the origin, the behavior, and the physical, social, and cultural development of humans.
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- The scientific study of humans, especially of their origin, their behavior, and their physical, social, and cultural development.
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The scientific study of the origin, development, and varieties of human beings and their societies, particularly so-called primitive societies.
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