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BodyLanguageProjectCom - ZoologyZoology: The branch of biology that focuses on the structure, function, behavior and evolution of animals.  It encompasses zoography, comparative anatomy, animal physiology, molecular biology, ethology, behavioural ecology, evolutionary biology (population genetics, heredity, variation, and reproduction), systematics (cladistics, phylogenetics, phylogeography, biogeography, taxonomy), paleontology, as well as the sub-categories such as mammalogy, herpetology, ornithology, entomology and ichthyology.  The study of zoology plays an important role in terms of the heritage and systems or origins, of which animals and humans both stem.  By making comparisons of the structures and functions of animals to humans and linking them together with respect to communication and behaviour, drawing predictive conclusions comes easy to the nonverbalist.  The study of zoology is the glue that binds the body language channel of communication together with its origin – evolution.  In other words, without the various disciplines of zoology, nonverbal communication is simply a random set of gestures and postures that have meaning in and of themselves, but no inherent explanation or reasoning behind them, and a lesser ability to cross-generalize cues through various cultures and situations.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Zygomatic Major MusclesZygomatic major muscles:  One of the two muscles that directly produce smiling.  They run down the side of the face to connect to the corners of the mouth.  The zygomatic muscles are consciously controlled and are the ones that normally flex when we smile for the camera.  This is what produces a dishonest smile.

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