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Peter Brannen is an award-winning science journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Wired, Washington Post, Slate, Boston Globe, Aeon, and others. A graduate of Boston College, he was a 2015 journalist-in-residence at the Duke University National Evolutionary Synthesis Center and a 2011 Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Ocean Science Journalism Fellow. This is his first book.

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"Gripping . . . Brannen excels at evoking lost worlds."--The New Yorker
"Clear-eyed, urgent, and eloquent. . . . Brannen offers an important education, making an argument for how better understanding what's happened can help us determine how to move forward."--Boston Globe
"Timely to say the least . . . with grace and wit, [Brannen] makes a compelling case that recognizing our fortune and coming to terms with our fragility means consciousness prevails in the universe. We are still capable of changing the way we live."--Paste Magazine
"Masterful . . . might be just the book to give to that uncle of yours who still wants to argue about climate change (or even to your US Representative). But first, read it yourself. It's a page turner."--Ars Technica
"If readers have time for only one book on the subject, this wonderfully written, well-balanced, and intricately researched (though not too dense) selection is the one to choose."--Library Journal (Starred Review)
"Revealing . . . Effectively link[s] past and present, [while] wind[ing] down with projections for the future and a warning against inaction in the face of climate change."--Publishers Weekly
"Much-needed as a cautionary lesson and a hopeful demonstration of how life on Earth keeps rebounding from destruction."--Booklist
"An exciting detective story venturing into the extraordinary worlds of our Earth's past to discover what caused them to end. Brannen describes unimaginable floods, planet-scale catastrophes and incredible creatures that were once common. A cautionary tale for the future of our human age."--Gaia Vince, author of Adventures in Anthropocene
"The Ends of the World recounts the breath-taking stories of the five mass extinctions that have punctuated the course of evolution. Its vertiginous sense of the fragility of living things will never leave you, not least because humanity may now be writing the end of Brannen's riveting tale."--Stephen Curry, professor of structural biology, Imperial College
"[Brannen] is a companionable guide, as good at breathing life into the fossilized prose of scientific papers as he is at conjuring the Ordovician reign of the nautiloids."--New York Times Book Review

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