# When was the earliest proof of human presence on earth?

Dec 8, 2017

It depends...

#### Explanation:

It depends what you mean by human.

Anatomically modern human remains dating back approximately $200000$ to $300000$ years have been found.

Cro-Magnon man dates back to about $45000$ years ago and exhibits typical human behaviour too, especially the use of stone tools.

The earliest cave paintings found in several sites range from about $35000$ to $40000$ years old.

So I guess you could say that we can be pretty confident that anatomically and behaviourally modern humans had arrived by about $40000$ years ago, but possibly much earlier.