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What is anthropology and what is the anthropological perspective

- The study of humankind, viewed from the perspective of all people and all times.


Major fields of anthropology and what do they study?

Archaeology - the physical representations of past civilizations.

Physical - biological, has forensic subfield

Cultural - understanding how modern societies function.

Linguistic - study of languages


What is physical anthropology?

Biological anthropology. The study of the evolution, variation, and adaptation of humans and their past and present relatives.


How does physical anthropology study humans ?

Some study skeletons from the past to
Investigate evolution and variation throughout human history. Those working in forensic anthropology, a specialty within physical anthropology, examine skeletons in hope of identifying the people whose bodies they came from.