Secular science interprets this person as an early migrant out of east africa. As it is generally believed that's where humans originated. They believe in the horn of Africa (Near or in ethiopia), both modern humans and neanderthals evolved from a Hominid called "Homo Heidelbergensis". Though recent studies cast doubt on this hominid even existing. Let alone being a common ancestor to modern humans and Neanderthals
Of course, we are not defined by our physical appearance. That is not what separates us from animals. Human beings create art and music. We possess symbolic thought and the ability to relate to God. Opinions vary on when and where this behavior originated.
Some suggest that this behavior emerged gradually over hundreds of thousands of years as modern humans evolved in africa, not because of fossil evidence, but because they believe evolution demands gradual change, and evolution is a sacred cow to them.
Others (Like Richard G. Klein) suggest that somehow a single mutation occurred, radically altering human behavior all at once. And that this behavior was so beneficial that natural selection quickly weeded out animal-brained humans in favor of modern humans. And that these true humans then spread all around the world, starting in africa of course.
Richard's hypothesis that modern human behavior emerged suddenly is overwhelmingly supported by fossil evidence. The problem is that there is no way a single mutation or even a series of mutations could cause these radical changes in the brain. Richard admits this, but (like me) values fossil evidence over genetic evidence.
However, it is notable that evidence for human modernity (Complex tools, cave paintings, musical instruments, religious artifacts) appear virtually simultaneously in Europe, Australia, Indonesia, and yes, Africa around 35-50 thousand years ago.
As Rich Deem of GodandScience.org pointed out, the archeological record and genetics do not neccesitate that humans originated in Africa, we do have alternate explanations avalible for the "evidence" that modern humans come from africa.
As I discussed in my article on early humanity, Adam and Eve's descendants inhabited the persian gulf region in the middle east. Later they began to interbreed with fallen angels, producing the nephilim. To stop this corruption, God sent a flood on the land, but instructed Noah to build an ark so he and his family survived.
After the flood, Noah and his family were instructed by God to multiply and fill the earth. But they did not obey, they remained in the persian gulf region for several generations. And chose to build a city and a tower, rather than scattering and multiplying as God commanded.
Because of this, God did something to disrupt them and scatter them, causing them to quickly migrate to many middle eastern regions.
Genesis Chapters 10 and 11 describe the descendants of Ham (Noah's youngest son) inhabiting modern day Egypt and Israel. Later, they migrated and spread into all of africa. The descendants of Japheth (Noah's eldest son) inhabited modern day turkey, and the coastlands north of Israel, and up into greece. They later migrated into all of europe and asia. Similarly, the descendants of Shem (Noah's middle child) inhabited the arabian peninsula, eventually leading to modern middle-eastern population-groups.
So, where do the Manot Cave findings fit in? Quite well actually, the skull is dated to just prior to the appearance of modern humans in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Meaning the skull is likely an early migrant from Babel. Presumably a descendant of Ham, as the skull was found in Israel. An ancestor to the canaanites.
With earlier so-called "modern humans" prior to 50,000 years ago being established as being outside of modern human variation. That would actually make this Manot skull the oldest unequivocal modern human remains anywhere.
This incidentally coincides with the abundant early examples of modern human behavior throughout the eastern hemisphere. Implying that the modern human "form" coincides with the modern human mind.
So, I would actually say Manot is a good example of a find that supports the biblical account of human origins.
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