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The Department of Anthropology at Tulane researches and offers instruction in all four of the major branches of anthropology: cultural anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and biological anthropology. Some (but not all) of the specialties with which we are concerned, and which you will find in our course offerings, include the study of indigenous political movements and indigenous language in Latin America, the exploration of the effect of race here in the USA as well as in Latin America and the Caribbean, the archaeology of pre-Columbian and contact period complex societies in North American, Mexico, Central and South America, the study of human evolution through fossils, the study of the behavior of nonhuman primates, the study of prehistoric disease and trauma, the indigenous use of plants in the Amazon region of South America, the study of African cultures and languages, the comparative study of religion, and of course, the exploration of cultures and cultural expression right here in the Gulf South, including indigenouse groups, African-Ameircans, and Vietnamese-Americans.