Someone else asked this on another forum...

Does anyone know the title and author of a book where the premise is a space traveler crashes his craft on a planet (may even be earth pre human evolution) and is marooned. He can't repair the craft to take off but he needs replacement parts or something. But the traveler lives for thousands of years, long enough for inhabitants to evolve and develop the parts needed to repair and get off the planet. Does that sound familiar ?