Thanks! I been studying Egyptology, Anthropology and African history since I was 14. :)
When people were saying in this thread that the Ancient Egyptians were closer to "Arabs" or that modern Egyptians were the best examples I knew they were not based on actual mainstream sources. Especially Ancient Egyptians being closer to "Arabs."
Anyways the reason why many people find this "debate" so "complex" is because many people here and Hollywood DO NOT place Ancient Egypt(NOT modern Egypt) in Africa. This is why you get statements like they were closer to Arabs or even WORSE the Ancient Egyptians were aliens! Moving on... When you examine African culture around the continent but especially Northeast African culture you notice that they are very similar to Ancient Egyptian culture and you can find many copies of Ancient Egyptian culture around the continent. Why is this? Well this is because the Ancient Egyptian ancestors like almost all African ancestors inhabited the Sahara when it was green. During the green Sahara there was a large culture and mixing of different African groups. This is why we see similarities of Ancient Egyptian culture throughout the African continent.
People NEED to know this before discussing the origins of the Ancient Egyptians. Again thanks! :)