physical anthropology

noun

Definition of physical anthropology

: anthropology concerned with the comparative study of human evolution, variation, and classification especially through measurement and observation — compare cultural anthropology

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physical anthropologist noun

Examples of physical anthropology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Despite those critiques, Morton’s approach helped lay the foundation for the burgeoning field of physical anthropology. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, 8 July 2021 Morton, a successful doctor who was an active member of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, has sometimes been called the founder of American physical anthropology. New York Times, 20 Apr. 2021 Considered the founder of American physical anthropology, Morton professionalized the acquisition of human remains in the name of scientific practice and education. Chip Colwell, The Conversation, 24 Mar. 2021 In the strangest irony, the methods used to identify the criminal were essentially versions of the physical anthropology that Mengele had been trained in. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 15 June 2020 The era’s systematic forays into physical anthropology and human classification laid the foundation for the noxious race science that emerged in the nineteenth century. Kwame Anthony Appiah, The New York Review of Books, 9 May 2019 The era’s systematic forays into physical anthropology and human classification laid the foundation for the noxious race science that emerged in the nineteenth century. Kwame Anthony Appiah, The New York Review of Books, 9 May 2019 Bruwelheide and her colleague, Doug Owsley, curator and the museum’s division head for physical anthropology, were tasked at the request of Kennicott’s family and the museum, with finding out how Kennicott died in 1866. Allison Keyes, Smithsonian, 8 Mar. 2017 The bones and funerary objects were originally collected from the area in 1931 by Aleš Hrdlička, head of the physical anthropology department at what is now the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 1 Nov. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of physical anthropology

1841, in the meaning defined above

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“Physical anthropology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/physical%20anthropology. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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physical anthropology

noun

Medical Definition of physical anthropology

: anthropology concerned with the comparative study of human evolution, variation, and classification especially through measurement and observation

called also somatology

— compare cultural anthropology

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