Distinguish between invention, innovation, and cultural diffusion in the context of anthropology.

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Invention, innovation, and cultural diffusion are all ways in which societies change.  To most anthropologists, innovation and invention are similar things whereas cultural diffusion is relatively different.

An invention, in anthropological terms, is the creation or discovery of something that is completely new.  For example, in prehistoric times, people invented the atlatl , or spear-thrower.  This new device gave them more leverage and allowed them to throw spears much farther.  Since it had not...

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