Airing on February 1st 2016, The Great Human Race followed two adventurers, Bill Schindler, an anthropologist, and Cat Bigney, a survival expert, for 35,000 miles — from the cradle of civilization to the New World — as they attempted to live like our most primitive ancestors did.
They survived in the harshest locations ever occupied by ancient humans, and utilized only the tools and technology available to people in a predetermined time period. They encountered the same challenges that our ancestors once faced, and overcame them in a similar fashion – by adapting their technology and behavior, and in essence, evolving throughout the course of an episode. The big question to be answered is “Can modern humans survive in the same way primitive humans did?” Each episode took our cast to a new location. They were placed in a specific time period and follow a migration route that our ancestors travelled in pursuit of food and resources.
Survival expert Cat Bigney and Archaeologist Bill Schindler survive the wild savanna just as primitive people did 2.6 million years ago.