Dr. Lydia Pyne

Dr. Lydia Pyne

Dr. Lydia Pyne is a writer and historian, interested in the history of science and material culture.  She has degrees in history and anthropology and a PhD in history and philosophy of science from Arizona State University. Her field and archival work has ranged from South Africa, Ethiopia, Uzbekistan, and Iran, as well as the American Southwest. Her writing has appeared in The AtlanticNautilus, The Appendix,as well as The Public Domain Review; she is currently a visiting fellow at the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Lydia Pyne appeared on edition 183 of Life Elsewhere to talk about her fascinating and entertaining book, Seven Skeletons: The Evolution of the World’s Most Famous Human Fossils where she has drawn from archives, museums, and interviews to build a cultural history of seven celebrity fossils. It serves as a reminder of how our past as a species continues to affect, in astounding ways, our present culture, and imagination.