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Author Begun, David R., author.

Title The real planet of the apes : a new story of human origins / David R. Begun.

Publication Info. Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2016]


Location Call No. Status
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  599.938 BEGUN    Check Shelf
Description x, 246 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-238) and index.
Contents The early years -- Out of Africa : Afropithecus and friends -- Out in the world : early apes spread in Europe -- Home again : the new Afro-European apes -- The big East-West divide -- East side story : our cousins Sivapithecus and the orangutans -- West side story : the African apes of Europe -- The descendants of Dryopithecus -- Back to Africa again.
Summary Was Darwin wrong when he traced our origins to Africa? The Real Planet of the Apes makes the explosive claim that it was in Europe, not Africa, where apes evolved the most important hallmarks of our human lineage--such as bipedalism, dexterous hands, and larger brains. In this compelling and accessible book, David Begun, one of the world's leading paleoanthropologists, transports readers to an epoch in the remote past when the Earth was home to many migratory populations of ape species. Drawing on the latest astonishing discoveries in the fossil record as well as his own experiences conducting field expeditions across Europe and Asia, Begun provides a sweeping evolutionary history of great apes and humans. He tells the story of how one of the earliest members of our evolutionary group-- a new kind of primate called Proconsul-- evolved from lemur-like monkeys in the primeval forests of Africa. Begun vividly describes how, over the next 10 million years, these hominoids expanded into Europe and Asia and evolved climbing and hanging adaptations, longer maturation times, and larger brains, setting the stage for the emergence of humans.
Subject Hominidae
Biological Evolution
Human beings -- Origin.
Apes -- Evolution.
Fossil hominids.
Hominids -- Dispersal.
Human evolution.
Mammals -- Behavior -- Evolution.
Human evolution. (OCoLC)fst00963030
Mammals -- Behavior -- Evolution. (OCoLC)fst01751599
ISBN 9780691149240 (alk. paper)
0691149240 (alk. paper)
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