Lydia Pyne is a writer and historian focused on the history of science and material culture. She has degrees in history and anthropology and a Ph.D. in history and philosophy of science from Arizona State University. Her field and archival work has ranged from South Africa, Ethiopia, Uzbekistan, and Iran to the American Southwest. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Nautilus, Slate, History Today, Electric Literature, and Time. She is the author of Bookshelf (2016), Seven Skeletons: The Evolution of the World's Most Famous Human Fossils (2016), and Genuine Fakes: What Phony Things Tell Us About Real Stuff (2019). She is currently a visiting researcher at the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas–Austin.