Tianyuan 1 mandible from Tianyuan Cave, Zhoukoudian, China by H. Shang
Tianyuan 1 mandible from Tianyuan Cave, Zhoukoudian, China by H. Shang
Carved alabaster vessel (shown from two sides) found in the burial chamber of the tomb of Lady K’abel
Carved alabaster vessel found in the burial chamber of Lady K’abel at the site of El Perú-Waka’; Photo credit: El Peru Waka Regional Archaeological Project (2).
Young child in Bagan, Myanmar wearing a protective paste “thanaka” made from wood bark and roots. Photo by Ali Heller.
Young child in Bagan, Myanmar wearing a protective paste “thanaka” made from wood bark and roots. Photo by Ali Heller.
Woolly monkey by Kenneth Chiou
Woolly monkey by Kenneth Chiou.
Rice cultivation in the Cordillera region of the Philippines. Photo by Glenn Stone.
Rice cultivation in the Cordillera region of the Philippines. Photo by Glenn Stone.

About the Department

How, when, and where did human life arise, how have environmental conditions and social institutions shaped human society, what is the role of learned versus innate behavior, and how are humans adapting to rapidly changing contexts? These, among many, are the sorts of questions anthropologists ask. Anthropology, the appreciation of and commitment to understanding all aspects of human diversity past and present, is devoted to the proposition that the diversity among humankind is comprehensible and enriching.

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