I am an Australian palaeontologist living in Johannesburg, South Africa. I am one of the lucky few who were able to turn their childhood passion into a career - so now I get paid to dig up and study dinosaurs. Oh, I also have to teach, but that's ok.
Yesterday, quantative morphologist and physical anthropologist Charles 'Charlie' Lockwood died in a motorbike accident in London. The story has been covered elsewhere but I wanted to add my voice to those sending their condolences to the Lockwood family. This is especially sad news for people from Wits for Charlie was due to take up his appointment as the first director of the newly created Institute of Human Origins at Wits University here in Johannesburg. I only met Charlie on a couple occasions as he visited Wits but I found him to be an affable and dynamic young scientist. I was looking forward to see the IHE (which has close ties to the BPI where I work)grow under Charlie's leadership. Alas it was not to be.