Anthropology is the study of human culture. In order to properly understand any culture one must have a firm understanding of the pre-historical and historical development of that culture.
Cultures are shaped by the physical environment in which they reside so a primary focus of cultural development includes an understanding of physical processes and its effects on the human condition. In this respect, Anthropology is a broad social science discipline which links physical and human perspectives.
Anthropology addresses such topics as:
- human genetics
- origin and evolution of the human species
- rise and fall of civilizations
- development of languages
- development and spread of religions
- diversity of cultures