The Real Planet of the Apes by David Begun

Cover image, Real Planet of the ApesProf. David Begun has published a new book, The Real Planet of the Apes: A New Story of Human Origins. This accessible book published by Princeton University Press presents startling new insights about our fossil ape ancestors. It alters our understanding of human origins, claiming 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. Learn more or buy the book at

The book has been reviewed by The New York Review of Books. Click here to read the review.

You can also read an excerpt from the book and read Prof. Begun’s December 1, 2015 article in The Scientist about his book here.