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Right down the middle, explained

Right down the middle, explained | Four-Field (Plus) Anthropology | Scoop.it
The ability to throw an object with great speed and accuracy is a uniquely human adaptation, one that Harvard researchers say played a key role in our evolution.
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The classic four field of anthropology are biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, archaeology, and linguistic anthropology. Each have numerous subfields, including applied anthropology, which uses anthropological information to solve current problems. Thiz article in Harvard Magazine discussing a study that looks at the evolution of throwing in humans.

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How does competitive eating represent us as Americans? | Anthropology in Practice, Scientific American Blog Network

How does competitive eating represent us as Americans? | Anthropology in Practice, Scientific American Blog Network | Four-Field (Plus) Anthropology | Scoop.it
The United States marks its independence today with a few activities: parades, fireworks, and competitive eating contests. While there are many variations of the latter, the ...
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The importance of culture for understanding human behavior has been embraced by the popular imagination, although sometimes in less than productive (or anthropological) ways. This post from Anthropology in Practice looks at competitive eating in America as a form of excess used to demonstrate American wealth and prestige.

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I Can Out-Interdiscipline You: Anthropology and the Biocultural Approach | Context and Variation, Scientific American Blog Network

I Can Out-Interdiscipline You: Anthropology and the Biocultural Approach | Context and Variation, Scientific American Blog Network | Four-Field (Plus) Anthropology | Scoop.it
Anthropology is an inherently interdisciplinary field. We draw from evolutionary theory, feminist theory, critical race theory, we compare within and between primates, we even manage to ...
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Anthropology Blogs 2013 | Anthropology Report

Anthropology Blogs are a way to understand What is Anthropology--Real Anthropology, Real Anthropologists. Enjoy the great selection of Anthropology Blogs 2013.
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Anthropology Report, edited by Jason Antrosio, keeps up to date on many of the anthropology blogs available. The list includes all flavors of anthropology, although you don't find many "established" anthropologists blogging (there are exceptions, of course) and most of the content is less academic and more political and general in nature (again, there are exceptions). I hope we see more direct reporting of anthropological research as academia gets more comfortable with the digital age.

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Lost Egyptian City Revealed After 1,200 Years Under Sea

Lost Egyptian City Revealed After 1,200 Years Under Sea | Four-Field (Plus) Anthropology | Scoop.it
It is a city shrouded in myth, swallowed by the Mediterranean Sea and buried in sand and mud for more than 1,200 years.
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Archaeology is perhaps the most recognizable field in anthropology, producing a continuous stream of amazing and beautiful artifacts and insight into the human past. 

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Does Geography Influence How a Language Sounds?

Does Geography Influence How a Language Sounds? | Four-Field (Plus) Anthropology | Scoop.it
A new study is the first to show that language can be influenced by geography.
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Linguistics looks at many facets of language, from language structure, to language development, to language and culture. This National Geographic article describes a recent linguistic study that indicates altitude may effect the sounds languages use.

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Anthropology for the Real World

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For whatever reason, it is very difficult to understand what other people do at their jobs.  Ask a chemist at the pharmaceutical company what he does and he replies, "Oh, I synthesize proteins."  O...
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Applied anthropology uses anthropological methods and theories to solve current problems. Here, Anthony Casey of Culturnicity demonstrates how applied anthropology can be used to understand and solve cultural differences that keep Nepalese immigrants from getting jobs in the United States.

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Anthropology and Usability: Getting Dirty

Anthropology and Usability: Getting Dirty | Four-Field (Plus) Anthropology | Scoop.it
There are significant methodological and philosophical differences between ethnographic processes and laboratory-based processes in the product development cycle.  All too frequently, proponents of...
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Within these broad fields are a number of subfields that focus on a particular area within a field, such as "political anthropology" or that combine fields, such as "medical anthropology". The post below looks at the use of ethnographic processes in designing technology products.

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