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The scientific study of culture, with the goal of understanding the roots of human and non-human cultural behavior through a study of present and past human cultures, human biology, and the biology and culture of humanity's genetic relatives.

Anthropology is broken up into five main branches: Cultural Anthropology, which studies existing human cultures; Arcaheology, which studies human cultures in the past; Linguistics, which studies the development of human language; Physical (Forensic) Anthropology, which stuides human biology; and Primatology, which studies primates and their cultures, human's closest genetic. relatives .
I was an Anthropology student in college.
by Stibbons April 18, 2005
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The cultural and physical scientific study of humankind indiscriminate of time, place and race in an attempt to explain the origin of humankind.
Anthropology has done a much better job explaining the origin of humans than religion.
by DesPERRYado November 01, 2004
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A fascinating subject of humanity. Unfortunately, however, humans who study this usually have absolutely no job and are greatly swallowed in debt.
Yeah, anthropology is interesting, but I can't say that I would be comfortable with living in a box.
by TheFineFinnishIndividual March 12, 2013
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The unnecessary bastard child of biology and sociology with a touch of linguistics.
Why be an anthropology major when you could know every single fucking thing about a Budgie.
by maggiemay122790 October 04, 2010
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Officially this is the study of the definition of humanity. But actually, it's the official means to deny the continuing evolution of humans into distinct, competing species.
With the idealism of "everyone's the same and should have equal rights", anthropologists are about as scientific as six year old girls playing hopscotch.
Blind people have just as much right to drive on public roads. I should know; I'm qualified in anthropology.
by nunsacred March 12, 2009
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