the branch of anthropology dealing with the evolutionary changes in human anatomy and physiology, using mensurational and descriptive techniques.
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Compare cultural anthropology.
Origin of physical anthropology
First recorded in 1870–75
Related formsphysical anthropologist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for physical anthropology
the branch of anthropology dealing with the genetic aspect of human development and its physical variations
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Science definitions for physical anthropology
[ fĭz′ĭ-kəl ]
The branch of anthropology that deals with human evolutionary biology, physical variation, and classification. Compare cultural anthropology.
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