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Anthropology

How have humans developed different cultures all around the globe? That’s what the study of anthropology tries to answer, and it’s not simple!

Anthropologists examine language and societies, beliefs and behavior, tools and goods…in the present as well as the past. Dig deeper into this area, or start studying everyone and everything around you.

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1054 Supernova Petrograph

1054 Supernova Petrograph

More than a thousand years ago, Anasazi residents of the Chaco Canyon in New Mexico first saw the "Crab Nebula." Get the details. More...

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Chaco Canyon National Park
Anthropologists at Work

Anthropologists at Work

Go behind the scenes with anthropologists at the Smithsonian to find out what their contributions can tell us about ancient and modern people around the world. More...

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Smithsonian
Explore Pre-Clovis Sites

Explore Pre-Clovis Sites

We live here and we’re human, but we aren’t sure when we first arrived in the Western Hemisphere. Explore 28 sites that may double the original time frame of 13,500 years ago. More...

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NOVA/PBS
Underwater Windows to the Lost World of Caribbean Monkeys

Underwater Windows to the Lost World of Caribbean Monkeys

Investigate what underwater caves revealed to anthropologists and divers working together in the Dominican Republic about monkeys that once lived in the Caribbean. More...

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Advanced Diver Magazine
Anthropology Collections

Anthropology Collections

You can see hundreds of thousands of items anthropologists have collected, even if you can’t get to this museum. Each object says something about the people behind it. More...

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AMNH
Bodies and Bones

Bodies and Bones

Like the detectives they are, forensic anthropologists find clues usually unseen. See how their scientific knowledge gets bones to "talk" to solve a crime on the Body Farm. More...

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The Why Files
Human Diversity: How Different Are We?

Human Diversity: How Different Are We?

Anthropologists have found clues to how humans developed such variety over time. Discover their findings about why looks mean more than just what meets the eye. More...

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PBS
NASA, Archaeology, and Paleontology

NASA, Archaeology, and Paleontology

Watch how NASA remote-sensing technologies help archaeologists and paleontologists do their work. Pretty cool how space satellites can be used by researchers digging in the ground! More...

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NASA
The Napoleon Chagnon Wars Flare Up Again In Anthropology

The Napoleon Chagnon Wars Flare Up Again In Anthropology

Almost 50 years ago an anthropologist published a book about an Indian group he called “the fierce people.” Find out why an angry debate rages on about his competence and conclusions. More...

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NPR
This Is Anthropology

This Is Anthropology

Explore the work of anthropologists around the globe, including their diverse careers in academics, corporations, government, and more. See if your skills and interests are a fit. More...

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American Anthropological Association
Virtual Skull Reconstruction

Virtual Skull Reconstruction

Like an online puzzle, virtual reconstruction can reverse time- and weather-damaged fossils. Watch an anthropologist describe working with important evidence. More...

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Exploratorium
Written in Bone

Written in Bone

Delve into the world of bones and find out how a forensic anthropologist reads them. You'll see that human skeletons have provided clues about important events in American history. More...

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Smithsonian

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