|How old are stone skulls people find?|
The duration is so staggering that he gave a simile of a flawless mountain of granite a mile long, a mile high, a mile wide. On it each century a small bird comes to whet its beak while holding a piece of fine Kasi cloth. Well, that mound of granite would be ground down to nothing and still one kalpa will not yet have elapsed.
|Mes Aynak, Buddhist Afghanistan|
The standard idea is that the Neanderthals came into existence about 300,000 to 400,000 years ago, and modern humans (Homo sapien sapiens) like us came much later.
But there is plenty of evidence to show that anatomically modern humans were present in Europe at the same as Neanderthals and even before. For example, a couple years ago, archaeologists found footprints resembling modern humans in a layer of rock in Happisburgh, England dating back to around 900,000 years.