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The science devoted to the comparative study of man.


Anthropology, Medical

Field of social science that is concerned with differences between human groups as related to health status and beliefs.

Year introduced: 2012


Forensic Anthropology

Scientific study of human skeletal remains with the express purpose of identification. This includes establishing individual identity, trauma analysis, facial reconstruction, photographic superimposition, determination of time interval since death, and crime-scene recovery. Forensic anthropologists do not certify cause of death but provide data to assist in determination of probable cause. This is a branch of the field of physical anthropology and qualified individuals are certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. (From Am J Forensic Med Pathol 1992 Jun;13(2):146)

Year introduced: 1995


Anthropology, Physical

The comparative science dealing with the physical characteristics of humans as related to their origin, evolution, and development in the total environment.

Year introduced: 1968


Anthropology, Cultural

It is the study of social phenomena which characterize the learned, shared, and transmitted social activities of particular ethnic groups with focus on the causes, consequences, and complexities of human social and cultural variability.

Year introduced: 1968


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