physical anthropology


noun

the branch of anthropology dealing with the evolutionary changes in human anatomy and physiology, using mensurational and descriptive techniques.

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Origin of physical anthropology

First recorded in 1870–75

OTHER WORDS FROM physical anthropology

physical anthropologist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for physical anthropology

physical anthropology

noun

the branch of anthropology dealing with the genetic aspect of human development and its physical variations
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Scientific definitions for physical anthropology

physical anthropology
[ fĭzĭ-kəl ]

The branch of anthropology that deals with human evolutionary biology, physical variation, and classification. Compare cultural anthropology.
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