What is Evolution?

In the last post, you learned that evolution is a theory, and that a theory is something that all the scientific evidence supports. But, what exactly IS evolution? Doesn’t mean we evolved from monkeys? No! Evolution is very misunderstood. For example, some people think that we evolved from monkeys or chimpanzees, but we didn’t. We …

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Isn’t Evolution “Just” a Theory? What is a Theory, Anyways?

Lots of people say evolution is “just” a theory. But they may not know exactly what a “theory” is. In everyday language, the word ”theory” is often used to mean a “hunch” or “guess.” But in science, the word “theory” has a much different meaning. So, what is a theory? To answer that, I need …

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Anthropology Day

Anthropology Day 2020

A few days ago, on February 20th, we celebrated World Anthropology Day! Anthropology Day is a day to celebrate the field of Anthropology and tell the general public about what we do as Anthropologists.  Since Anthropology has such a wide variety of topics it deals with, it can be useful to many other fields of …

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What is Archaeology?

In a previous blog post, you learned that Archaeology is one of the 4 fields of Anthropology. But what exactly is it? Archaeology has been called “past tense of Cultural Anthropology.” Cultural Anthropologists study living people, while Archaeologists study the things that people left behind, which are called material culture. Material culture can include buildings, …

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What is Physical Anthropology?

In a previous blog post, you learned about the 4 fields of Anthropology: Cultural Anthropology, Physical Anthropology, Archaeology, and Linguistics. In this blog post, we will be exploring the field of Physical Anthropology. Physical Anthropology Physical Anthropology is also known as Biological Anthropology, so if you see the words, “Biological Anthropology,” somewhere, don’t worry, it’s …

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Anthropology in Action: Disease & Poverty in Nairobi, Kenya (Part 2)

In my last blog post, I explained the research process behind a small research project that I conducted in Nairobi, Kenya in 2007. I detailed how I found a research topic (health & illness) and narrowed that topic into a research question (the relationship between disease and poverty). I chose a population to study (residents …

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Anthropology in Action. Slum of Nairobi.

Anthropology in Action: Disease & Poverty in Nairobi, Kenya (Part 1)

In my recent blog posts, I have discussed how to start a research project involving surveys. But, the process I described can be applied to other types of research methods as well. So, now I’d like to show you an example of when I used this process for a real research project, and show Anthropology …

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What Can You Do With a Major in Anthropology?

In previous blog posts, I’ve discussed what Anthropology is, and the 4 fields of Anthropology. I’ve also discussed the kinds of questions Anthropologists ask. But, what can you do with a major in Anthropology? Here are just a few examples of places Anthropologists are working, along with their job titles (provided by the American Anthropological …

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