Paleolithic Period

Old Stone Age

1,000,000 to 15,000 BC

The Paleolithic Period in Europe is the time of Homo sapiens, an archaic type of human, probably derived from Homo erectus. Homo erectus lived in Africa, so this is also seen as a time of slow motion or migration into Europe. By around 200,000 years ago, Homo sapiens neanderthalensis appeared, and the Mousterian is generally associated with the Neanderthals.