Virtual Anthropology (VA) is best characterized as a multidisciplinary approach to study anatomical data representations in 3D or 4D, particularly humans, their ancestors, and their closest relatives.
The quantitative analysis of complex forms and shapes in arbitrary detail is one key element, the other is digital data.
Anthropology, medicine, mathematics, physics, computer science, and industrial design merge to incorporate know-how for a great variety of applications that range from evolutionary biology, development and growth, medical diagnosis and forensics to biometric identification and teaching.
Virtual Anthropology comprises six main actions:
The first textbook of this new interdiscipline was published in 2011: