Studying What People Do Everywhere and Across Time
Have you ever wondered about people living in different parts of the world today? What would it be like to go to school in Japan or grow up in a Buddhist temple in Tibet?

How did people live in the past — when your grandparents were kids, 200 years ago, or even 6,000 years ago? How have societies changed over time? And how have humans evolved?

These are some of the questions that anthropologists ask. Anthropologists are scientists who study groups of people all over the world. They try to understand the "big picture" of what it means to be human.

The word "anthropology" comes from the Greek anthropos ("human") and logia ("study"). Anthropology is the study of people everywhere — today, yesterday, and long ago.