If you like to go people watching and enjoy studying the ways that humans behave, then you might be a future anthropologist.

Anthropologists are people that practice anthropology, which is the study of humanity. Basically they want to figure out what makes humans human. An anthropologist might be interested in everything from the traditions of a tribe on a remote island to the culture of an urban community and everything in between. Biological anthropologists spend their time with fossils and artifacts trying to figure out how early humans might have behaved and what makes us different from other primates.

Definitions of anthropologist

n a social scientist who specializes in anthropology

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Ruth Benedict
United States anthropologist (1887-1948)
Daniel Garrison Brinton
United States anthropologist who was the first to attempt a systematic classification of Native American languages (1837-1899)
Pierre-Paul Broca
French anthropologist who studied the craniums and brains of different races of people; remembered for his discovery that articulate speech depends on an area of the brain now known as Broca's area (1824-1880)
Sir James George Frazer
English social anthropologist noted for studies of primitive religion and magic (1854-1941)
Thor Hyerdahl
Norwegian anthropologist noted for his studies of cultural diffusion (1914-2002)
Alfred Louis Kroeber
United States anthropologist noted for his studies of culture (1876-1960)
Louis Seymour Bazett Leakey
English paleontologist whose account of fossil discoveries in Tanzania changed theories of human evolution (1903-1972)
Mary Douglas Leakey
English paleontologist (the wife of Louis Leakey) who discovered the Zinjanthropus skull that was 1,750,000 years old (1913-1996)
Richard Erskine Leakey
English paleontologist (son of Louis Leakey and Mary Leakey) who continued the work of his parents; he was appointed director of a wildlife preserve in Kenya but resigned under political pressure (born in 1944)
Claude Levi-Strauss
French cultural anthropologist who promoted structural analysis of social systems (born in 1908)
Bronislaw Kasper Malinowski
British anthropologist (born in Poland) who introduced the technique of the participant observer (1884-1942)
Margaret Mead
United States anthropologist noted for her claims about adolescence and sexual behavior in Polynesian cultures (1901-1978)
Ashley Montagu
United States anthropologist (born in England) who popularized anthropology (1905-)
Lewis Henry Morgan
United States anthropologist who studied the Seneca (1818-1881)
Edward Sapir
anthropologist and linguist; studied languages of North American Indians (1884-1939)
Howard Carter
Englishman and Egyptologist who in 1922 discovered and excavated the tomb of Tutankhamen (1873-1939)
Jean Francois Champollion
Frenchman and Egyptologist who studied the Rosetta Stone and in 1821 became the first person to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics (1790-1832)
Sir Arthur John Evans
British archaeologist who excavated the palace of Knossos in Crete to find what he called Minoan civilization (1851-1941)
Kund Johan Victor Rasmussen
Danish ethnologist and Arctic explorer; led expeditions into the Arctic to find support for his theory that Eskimos and North American Indians originally migrated from Asia (1879-1933)
Heinrich Schliemann
German archaeologist who discovered nine superimposed city sites of Troy; he also excavated Mycenae (1822-1890)
Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
United States geologist and ethnologist and explorer who discovered the source of the Mississippi River (1793-1864)
Homer Armstrong Thompson
United States classical archaeologist (born in Canada) noted for leading the excavation of the Athenian agora (1906-2000)
Sir Robert Eric Mortimer Wheeler
Scottish archaeologist (1890-1976)
Johann Joachim Winckelmann
German archaeologist and art historian said to be the father of archaeology (1717-1768)
Sir Charles Leonard Woolley
English archaeologist who supervised the excavations at Ur (1880-1960)
Thomas Young
British physicist and Egyptologist; he revived the wave theory of light and proposed a three-component theory of color vision; he also played an important role in deciphering the hieroglyphics on the Rosetta Stone (1773-1829)
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archaeologist, archeologist
an anthropologist who studies prehistoric people and their culture
an anthropologist who does ethnography
an anthropologist who studies ethnology
cultural anthropologist, social anthropologist
an anthropologist who studies such cultural phenomena as kinship systems
an archeologist who specializes in Egyptology
paleographer, paleographist
an archeologist skilled in paleography
a nonprofessional archeologist
a social anthropologist who is expert on rites and ceremonies
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social scientist
someone expert in the study of human society and its personal relationships

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