The following is an excerpt from the December issue of National Geographic Magazine.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and National Geographic Fellow Paul Salopek is retracing on foot our ancestors' migration out of Africa and across the globe. His 21,000-mile odyssey begins in Ethiopia and ends seven years later at the tip of South America.
You can follow his journey here.
Photo by John Stanmeyer/National Geographic. Impoverished African migrants crowd the night shore of Djibouti city, trying to capture inexpensive cell signals from neighboring Somalia- a tenuous link to relatives abroad. For more than 60,000 years our species has been relying on such intimate social connections to spread across the Earth.
Photo by John Stanmeyer/National Geographic. Journalist Paul Salopek embarks on a seven-year global trek from Africa to Tierra del Fuego, following in the footsteps of our restless forebears.
Photo by John Stanmeyer/National Geographic. Author Salopek's feet connect him to the earliest travelers as he leads camels across Ethiopia's Afar desert.