The scientific study of the origin, the behavior, and the physical, social, and cultural development of humans.
The study of humans, esp. of the variety, physical and cultural characteristics, distribution, customs, social relationships, etc. of humanity.
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That part of Christian theology concerning the genesis, nature, and future of humans, especially as contrasted with the nature of God.
The definition of anthropology is the study of various elements of humans, including biology and culture, in order to understand human origin and the evolution of various beliefs and social customs.
An example of someone who studies anthropology is Ruth Benedict.
The holistic scientific and social study of humanity, mainly using ethnography as its method.
According to anthropology, there are six basic patterns of kinship terminology (i.e., "kin naming systems"): Sudanese, Hawaiian, Eskimo, Crow, Omaha, and Iroquois.
- study of culture
- study of humans
- science of humans
Origin of Anthropology
From anthropo-, from Ancient Greek ἄνθρωπος (anthropos, “man, mankind, human, humanity”) + -logy.
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