Thanks for the "history" lesson but all that is pure speculation.<quoted text>
200,000 year old Homo-sapiens was still very smart and well adapted to his/her environment. He made stone tools and traveled far across Africa. Many of his remains are found in Namibia, South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia, and other parts. We know he used ochre, probably for body ornamentation or ritual. Physiologically 200,000 year old Homo-sapiens seemed to be the same as us. Of course they weren't as smart, as they hadn't much experience yet.
Think of being born 200,000 years ago. You would have NO knowledge at all of how the world worked, what plants were good and what was poisonous, which animals were easy to catch and good to eat, no knowledge of germ theory and how to treat yourself if sick, no language to communicate effectively, just grunts and gestures. Of course these early hominids weren't quite like us, but they weren't NOT us.
Around 50,000 years ago Homo-sapiens seem to get a little smarter as his tool-kit became more sophisticated and his abilities seemed to expand. Many scientists believe this is about the time sapiens developed spoken language, although it is doubtful whether this will ever be proven.
Also around 50,000 to 60,000 years ago humans started traveling outside Africa and began populating Australia, India, Pakistan, the Levant and eventually most of Europe, the UK, the Balkans, and China. In other words; most of Europe and large parts of Asia.
In China, further South, and parts of Mongolia humans probably encountered some Homo-erectus and/or Homo-habilis groups, as these hominid had left Africa many many thousands of years before them.
In Europe, the Levant, and parts of Asia the humans encountered Neanderthals who had also left Africa thousands and thousands of years before. In the Levant is where some cross-breeding with Neanderthals occurred.
The history of humans and 'pre-humans' and the ancient world is rich and varied and extremely interesting to explore. The things our ancestors experienced and conquered are amazing. We went from freshly 'hatched' with little knowledge of anything, to being able to destroy our own birthplace with the pushing of a button.
So tell me RR, do you believe God started humanity sometime recently, or just started the process four and a half billion years ago and walked away??
I'll remain skeptical.