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Beschreibung

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 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. As the climate deteriorated in Europe around 10 million years ago, these apes either died out or migrated south, reinvading the African continent and giving rise to the lineages of the gorilla, chimpanzee, and, ultimately, the human.

Presenting startling new insights about our fossil ape ancestors, The Real Planet of the Apes is a book that fundamentally alters our understanding of human origins.



Autorentext

David R. Begun



Zusammenfassung
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 lineagesuch as 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 groupa new kind of primate called Proconsulevolved 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. As the climate deteriorated in Europe around 10 million years ago, these apes either died out or migrated south, reinvading the African continent and giving rise to the lineages of the gorilla, chimpanzee, and, ultimately, the human.Presenting startling new insights about our fossil ape ancestors, The Real Planet of the Apes is a book that fundamentally alters our understanding of human origins.

Inhalt

PREFACE vii
INTRODUCTION 1
CHAPTER 1 THE EARLY YEARS 27
CHAPTER 2 OUT OF AFRICA: AFROPITHECUS AND FRIENDS 62
CHAPTER 3 OUT IN THE WORLD: EARLY APES SPREAD IN EUROPE 73
CHAPTER 4 HOME AGAIN: THE NEW AFRO-EUROPEAN APES 97
CHAPTER 5 THE BIG EAST-WEST DIVIDE 118
CHAPTER 6 EAST SIDE STORY: OUR COUSINS SIVAPITHECUS AND THE ORANGUTANS 123
CHAPTER 7 WEST SIDE STORY: THE AFRICAN APES OF EUROPE 147
CHAPTER 8 THE DESCENDANTS OF DRYOPITHECUS 162
CHAPTER 9 BACK TO AFRICA AGAIN 187
POSTSCRIPT 227
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 231
NOTES 233
REFERENCES 237
INDEX 239

Produktinformationen

Titel: Real Planet of the Apes
Untertitel: A New Story of Human Origins
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EAN: 9781400874279
ISBN: 978-1-4008-7427-9
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: Princeton University Press
Genre: Diverses
Anzahl Seiten: 264
Veröffentlichung: 27.10.2015
Jahr: 2015
Untertitel: Englisch
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