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What is anthropology?

Anthropology is the study of humankind in all places and at all times. It is a holistic discipline that is traditionally classified as a social science, but embraces the humanities and sciences as well. Anthropology is divided into four subfields: Archaeology, Cultural, Linguistics, and Physical (also called Biological).  Archaeology is concerned with the scientific study of the human past through material remains.  Cultural is the cross cultural study of social life and culture. Linguistic is concerned with the study of language within the context of culture Biological (or Physical) is concerned with the study of humans as biological organisms within the framework of culture, including, for example, the study of human evolution, human genetics, human biological diversity and adaptation, primatology, and the human fossil record.