does Taoism predate buddhism?

Lao Tzu and Gautama Buddha were supposed to have lived around the same time give or take a century or two, but many Taoists say that many of the practices that are part of what is called Taoism actually go back for several thousand years prior to Lao Tzu. How far the practices really go back is hard to say for certain now though. The practices of Taoism are mainly of Chinese origin, while Buddhism originated from somewhere in the vicinity of India.