Indigenous tribes can play a vital role in the creation of new drugs. The knowledge of medicinal plants these tribes possess is a starting point for modern science. Otherwise, researchers looking for naturally-occurring medicine would have the mundane and dangerous task of wandering the planet and randomly ingesting plants. Fortunately, anthropologists have discovered that there remains a vast amount of medicinal knowledge among indigenous tribes around the world that never made it into the annals of early Western pharmacology. As a result, a specialization of anthropology called ethnobotany developed. This is a hybridization of cultural anthropology and plant biology which leads practitioners deep into jungles and plains to uncover traditional medicinal knowledge in a process called natural products discovery [source: Service].