There’s a new show on the National Geographic Channel that’s tracing the early history of the human race. It features Bill Schindler, an anthropologist/experimental archaeologist (and professor at Washington College in Maryland) and Cat Bigney, a survival expert (and primitive skills instructor at the Boulder Outdoor Survival School). What the show does is have them spend about a week trying to live the way human’s did, and using only the skills of those humans, at different times in their remote past.
The first show, Dawn, starts with Homo habilis, ancestors from about 2.6 million years ago. We’re told that they will use “no modern tools”. But see if you can spot their modern tools as they start out.