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Dinosaur fossil from China shows how they mated - and how they went to the toilet - 7NEWS.com.au
The fossil is so well preserved that it has offered an extraordinary insight into how dinosaurs may have procreated.
We know a lot about dinosaurs - what they looked like, what they ate and what killed them off - but no fossils have definitively preserved two dinosaurs in the act of mating. However, a fossil from China of a Psittacosaurus is so well preserved that the opening the Labrador-size dinosaur used to pee, poop and reproduce is visible, allowing paleontologists to study it for the first time. While it doesnt offer any concrete answers on how dinosaurs may have procreated, it does give some hints. We dont have any dinosaur fossils where you can be confident theyve been caught in the act, said Jakob Vinther, a paleontologist and senior lecturer at the University of Bristols School of Earth Sciences. What we know is based on natural history where we compare it to living groups of animals. While most mammals have separate holes for bodily functions, many other animals - including birds and reptiles - have just one and its known as the cloaca. It is very unique, Vinther said. Most cloacas form a kind of slit. Sometimes its a vertical split, sometimes its a smiley face, sometimes its a sour face. This thing has a V-shaped structure with a pair of nice flaring lips and theres not a living group of animals that have morphology like that. It is somewhat similar to crocodiles but still unique. This Psittacosaurus fossil preserves the only known dinosaur cloacal vent. Credit: CNN The study, which was published on Tuesday in the journal Current Biology, said that large, pigmented lobes on either side of the opening could have harboured musky scent glands, as seen in living crocodiles and alligators. Whats more, the outer margins of the cloaca are highly pigmented with melanin. While they dont know for sure what colour it was, it likely would have contrasted with the dinosaurs pale underbelly, Vinther said. This distinctive pigmentation could mean the vent was used to display and signal, similar to living baboons and some breeding salamanders. The fossil is displayed at the Senckenberg Museum of Natural History in Frankfurt, Germany, but was found in a fossil-rich area of Liaoning in northern China. Vinther had worked on the fossil before in 2016, reconstructing the dinosaurs colour patterns, and it was only at the end of that study that he realized that the cloaca was really well preserved, he said. A reconstruction of Psittacosaurus illustrating how the cloacal vent may have been used for signaling during courtship. Credit: CNN In animals with cloacal vents, the genitals are tucked inside the body and havent been preserved so its not known whether this particular dinosaur was male or female. Most birds, the only living relative of dinosaurs, mate by cloacal kissing - by pressing together their openings. Some paleontologists think dinosaurs may have mated like this. Vinther, however, believes that this dinosaur would have had a penis. The fossilized opening is more similar to a crocodiles, which do, and there are some birds, like ostriches and ducks, which also have penises. From what we can see, this cloaca would not have been suitable for cloacal kissing, Vinther said. It looks like it would have been penetrative sex.
Bernard Tomic’s girlfriend Vanessa Sierra cops death threats after quarantine ‘hair joke’ - 7NEWS.com.au
Vanessa Sierra has revealed the disgusting fallout to her hotel quarantine update.
Bernard Tomics girlfriend Vanessa Sierra has revealed shes been receiving so many death threats after she posted an update about her hotel quarantine conditions in Melbourne. The threats come after the reality TV star hit out at her hotel situation in a YouTube vlog on Monday, hours after she was forced into 14 days of quarantine alongside her tennis star boyfriend. Havent really been doing much. Theres not really any space to train, Sierra said in the video, which you can watch above. The social media influencer then went on to detail the worst part of quarantine the fact she had to wash her own hair. Its just not something that I do. I usually have hairdressers that do it twice a week for me, Sierra said. That comment sparked a nasty fallout on Monday night, with Sierra hitting out at those criticising her, a group which included Aussie tennis star Nick Kyrgios. You guys are the true definitions of class clowns on a witch hunt and if I want to laugh about how bad my hair is in quarantine I unapologetically will. Have a cry, she posted on Instagram. Vanessa Sierra has revealed the disgusting fallout to her hotel quarantine update. Credit: Instagram Sadly the reaction took a turn for the worse on Tuesday, with Sierra claiming shed copped death threats on social media over her hair complaints. Im getting so many death threats over my hair joke, Sierra wrote. If people actually watched my vlog instead of going off a news story they would see I was lighthearted about the entire thing and did not make any complaints. Simply did a daily vlog as I always do about my life and circumstances I even said that I dont mind the food situation in quarantine. Didnt realise how many idiots are in this world. Earlier, Sierra said food and gaming had taken hold of the couples life in hotel quarantine. Even if you want to do a home workout its pretty tight for space, so were doing minimal yoga to keep sane but other than that were not really training or anything, Sierra said. I played Pokemon for 11 hours straight yesterday and I think 12 hours straight the day before. Bernards been playing World of Warcraft for about the same time Ive been playing Pokemon. Today were going to download Yu-Gi-Oh! Bernard Tomic made it into the Australian Open main draw after winning his final qualifier. Credit: AAP I havent been watching many movies but yeah, its sort of all weve got as an option. Tomic stayed largely silent through the tour video while watching television on his laptop, collecting food deliveries and playing games. Sierra said official communication about his training times had been poor after multiple sessions were cancelled due to ongoing delays surrounding the Australian Open travelling partys COVID-19 situation. While understanding the need to quarantine, having previously completed two weeks in Qatar, she said the food situation in Melbourne was less than ideal but improving every day. Sierra explained the hotel meals - including Tomics vegan options - were initially subpar, while the inspection process on deliveries had left some Uber Eats orders cold. Bernard Tomic and girlfriend Vanessa Sierra in their hotel room. Credit: YouTube Its real hit and miss, sometimes the foods good, sometimes the foods not, so wed rather just order our own food, she said. Every player has received daily $100 Uber Eats vouchers, while Tennis Australia has vowed to improve the hotels provided meals following early complaints from other players on social media. Sierra said the couple had been spending about $200 per day to ensure Tomic is eating enough of the right foods. But a 10pm delivery cut-off time caught them out over the weekend. We ordered like $60 worth of food, got delivered after 11pm and they refused to take it, so we werent allowed to eat our food, she said. Bernard Tomic is filling his time with gaming until he is allowed to train while in hotel quarantine. Credit: YouTube Washing their dishes in the bathroom sink, Sierra said there was no fresh air, cleaning services or replacement bed sheets. Tomic, ranked 228th in the world, has already earned $100,000 for making the Australian Open main draw. Tens of thousands more in prize money is on offer if he can replicate past performances, having made the fourth round of his home grand slam three times in his career. Some 72 players and staffers are in a 14-day lockdown in Melbourne amid six positive coronavirus cases among the arrivals. About 1200 coronavirus tests have been carried out in the past five days from the players and staffers arriving on 17 charter flights in to the Victorian capital.
Muswellbrook accident: Couple involved in horrific triple-fatal crash after catching rideshare - 7NEWS.com.au
Three people have been killed and a man is fighting for life, with police saying a vehicle was "in the wrong place at the wrong time".
A man is fighting for life after losing his wife in a horrific triple-fatal crash in the New South Wales Hunter region. The local couple were using a rideshare service when the Kia Carnival they were travelling in collided head-on with a ute on Bengalla Road, west of Muswellbrook about 9.30pm on Sunday, NSW Police said. The driver and sole occupant of the utility, believed to be a man aged in his 30s, died at the scene. The male rideshare driver and the female passenger also died at the scene. Her husband, believed to be aged in his 60s, was airlifted to John Hunter Hospital where he remains in a critical condition with life-threatening injuries. Three people have died, and one man remains in a critical condition following a head-on crash in Muswellbrook. Credit: 7NEWS Hunter Valley Police Command Chief Inspector Guy Guiana told reporters on Monday the couple were regular users of the (rideshare) service and had been on their way home. Police have established a crime scene and an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash is ongoing. Chief Inspector Guiana said the road was a reasonably well-maintained country road, fairly well used by local traffic and the weather conditions were warm and dry. Three people have been killed in Muswellbrook, in the NSW Hunter Valley. Credit: 7NEWS Digital He also confirmed the nature of a head-on collision was one of the vehicles must have been in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is always tragic when you have a local person killed in an accident ... it sends ripples right through the community, he said. As the news spreads, people will be devastated ... that will have a significant impact on everybody. A report will be prepared for the Coroner. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online.
New South Wales reports six new locally acquired COVID cases linked to Western Sydney man - 7NEWS.com.au
One of the new cases is a worker at a Sydney hospital and worked three shifts while potentially infectious.
A hospital worker is one of six new locally acquired coronavirus cases reported in New South Wales on Sunday. All six of the new cases are close contacts of a Western Sydney man first reported on Saturday morning. His source of infection continues to elude authorities but is thought to be linked to the Berala BWS cluster. Five of the new cases are household contacts and the sixth is a very close contact of them in very close proximity, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said. Well have the genomic testing this afternoon to confirm that they are part of that [Berala] cluster. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian. Credit: DAN HIMBRECHTS/AAPIMAGE A general view of the facade of Concord Hospital. Credit: James D. Morgan/Getty Images One of the cases is a worker at the Concord Repatriation General Hospital, west of Sydney. They are now in isolation but worked three shifts while potentially infectious on the 12th, 13th and 14th January. Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant, however, said the risk of them passing on the virus to patients is minimal. The persons role involves minimal patient contact and they also wore a face mask during each of their shifts, she said. Seven co-workers have been identified as close contacts and are self-isolating. All seven have tested negative to the virus. Signs are displayed at an entrance to a COVID-19 test centre across the road from Concord Hospital in Sydney. Credit: James D. Morgan/Getty Images Dr Kerry Chant says squashing Sydney's virus clusters will take another three to four weeks. Credit: AAP There were 12,764 tests results processed in the 24 hour reporting period to 8pm Saturday. Berejiklian urged the importance of coming forward for testing at the onset of the mildest symptoms. Can I stress how grateful we are that people have come forward and got tested in droves, especially the community around the Berala cluster, she said. I mean, its been outstanding but we really need to up the ante. Three further cases were reported on Sunday morning in returned travellers in hotel quarantine.
NASA's 'megarocket' set for crucial test - 7NEWS.com.au
The deep space exploration 'megarocket', which aims to take Americans to the moon within years, is set to test its huge power for the first time.
NASAs deep space exploration rocket is set to fire all four rockets of its behemoth core stage for the first time in a once-in-a-generation test. The test marks a crucial point for the years-delayed US government project, which is facing mounting pressure from emerging private sector technology. The Boeing-built Space Launch System (SLS) is known as a megarocket and is being developed with the aim of putting Americans back on the moon within a few years. The hot fire test for SLS is expected to begin at 5pm local time on Saturday at NASAs Stennis Space Centre in Mississippi, capping a nearly year-long campaign to validate the rockets design. It is seen as a vital step before a debut unmanned launch later this year under NASAs Artemis program, the Trump administrations push to land humans on the moon again by 2024. Saturdays test will see the rockets four Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-25 engines ignite for roughly eight minutes, generating 1.6 million pounds of thrust and consuming 700,000 gallons of propellants on a test stand to simulate internal conditions of liftoff. NASA's deep space exploration rocket hopes to put Americans back on the moon. Credit: AP This is a once-in-a-generation kind of test, Jim Maser, Aerojet Rocketdynes Senior Vice President of Space, told Reuters. This will be the first time four RS-25s fire together at the same time. The expendable super heavy-lift SLS is three years behind schedule and nearly $US3 billion ($A3.9 billion) over budget. Critics have long argued for NASA to transition from the rockets shuttle-era core technologies, which have launch costs of $1 billion or more per mission, to newer commercial alternatives promising lower costs. By comparison, it costs as little as $90 million to fly the massive but less powerful Falcon Heavy from Elon Musks SpaceX, and some $350 million per launch for United Launch Alliances legacy Delta IV Heavy. While newer, more reusable rockets from both companies promise heavier lift than Falcon Heavy or Delta IV Heavy potentially at lower cost, SLS backers argue it would take two or more launches on those rockets to launch what SLS could carry in a single mission. NASA and Boeing have faced hiccups in the project that included five tropical storms and a hurricane that swept over Stennis, as well as a three-month closure after some engineers tested positive for the coronavirus in March.
Wentworthville Medical and Dental Clinic added to NSW COVID alert list - 7NEWS.com.au
'Anyone who was in the following section of the clinic at the listed time is a close contact.'
Wentworthville Medical and Dental Clinic is the latest venue to be added to the NSW COVID alert list. A confirmed case of the virus visited the western Sydney clinic while potentially infectious on Friday. Anyone who was in the following section of the clinic at the listed time is a close contact who must immediately get tested and self-isolate for 14 days regardless of the result, NSW Health said. The alert is for those who were in the dental, physio and imaging waiting room only, on Friday, 15 January at 11.30am to 1.15pm. The clinic is located on 122/128 Station St, Wentworthville. Anyone who was in other areas of the clinic at that time should monitor for symptoms and immediately isolate and get tested if they appear, NSW Health said. NSW recorded one new locally acquired case of coronavirus overnight. The source of infection is yet to be identified but health authorities believe it could be linked to the Berala BWS cluster.
Tullamarine deaths: Young victim Claire's heartbreaking pictures spotted in window - 7NEWS.com.au
One of three children allegedly killed by a mother before she took her own life drew two heartbreaking pictures that can be seen on the window of their home.
One of three children believed to have been killed by their mother before she took her own life drew two heartbreaking pictures which now sit on the window of their northwest Melbourne home. The first of the two drawings shows a planet coloured blue and green with the words: Save the world. The other shows a faded rainbow. Both are signed: From Claire. Claire, 7, was found dead in the Tullamarine home on Thursday alongside sister Anna, 5, brother Matthew, 3, and mother Katie Perinovic. The Tullamarine home is seen with Claire's drawings on the front window. Credit: JAMES ROSS/AAPIMAGE Katie and Tomislav Perinovic and their children - seven-year-old Claire, five-year-old Anna, and three-year-old Matthew. Credit: 7NEWS One neighbour described Katie Perinovic as polite and friendly, someone who would always say hello. Devastated, its so close to home, these people have spent time in my home, another neighbour said. My kids loved their kids. How am I going to tell my kids? The little girls dad Tomislav made the discovery - which police later described as gruesome - and contacted police. He is reportedly heartbroken and not answering friends and wellwishers phone calls. Claire's drawings are seen on the window as Victorian Police detectives are seen at work at a home in Tullamarine. Credit: JAMES ROSS/AAPIMAGE Katie Perinovic and her children Claire, Anna and Matthew. Credit: 7NEWS Neighbours have told 7NEWS Katie was not herself in recent months. She also struggled to cope during the COVID lockdown. She did seem to be a bit withdrawn Ill admit that, Marie Groves said. She was not the usual bubbly effervescent Katie, wasnt really interested in what everybody else was doing, she was very quiet. Mourners arrives to place flowers outside a property at a crime scene in Tullamarine. Credit: JAMES ROSS/AAPIMAGE Flowers and written messages are seen left outside a property at a crime scene in Tullamarine. Credit: JAMES ROSS/AAPIMAGE Its being reported Katie may have struggled with depression in the lead-up to her death. The mother also unexpectedly left her job at Glenroy Physiotherapy about three months ago. Police on Friday confirmed the case was being treated as a murder-suicide. Investigators do not believe the 48-year-old man was involved in the incident and police are not looking for anyone further in relation to the matter, a Victoria Police statement said. Homicide Squad investigators have formed the preliminary view that the 42-year-old woman is responsible for all four deaths and on completion of their investigation, a report will be provided for consideration of the coroner. Tomislav and Katie Perinovic with one of their children. Credit: Supplied Flowers and written tributes to the children have also appeared outside the home in Melbournes northwest. To Claire, Anna, Matthew and Katey, one note from a child read. You always are really nice, loving, caring and Claire was my BFF (best friend forever) always. Love from Annabelle. If you need help in a crisis, callLifelineon 13 11 14. For further information about depression contact beyondblue on 1300224636 or talk to your GP, local health professional or someone you trust.
Tullamarine deaths: The 'murder-suicide' tragedy that has shocked a nation - 7NEWS.com.au
A friend called her 'smiley-face Katie.' But in recent weeks she had become unusually withdrawn.
Its the family tragedy that has shocked the nation - the discovery of three deceased children and their mother inside a Melbourne home. On Friday, Victorian police revealed that it was most likely 42-year-old mother Katie Perinovic had killed her three children, before taking her own life. Watch the video above The bodies of Perinovic and her children - seven-year-old Claire, five-year-old Anna, and three-year-old Matthew - were found inside their Tullamarine home on Thursday afternoon. The call to emergency services was made by the childrens distressed father, Tomislav, who was questioned by police but later released without charge. He had walked in on a scene that police later described as gruesome. Tomislav and Katie Perinovic with their three children. Credit: Supplied Investigators do not believe the 48-year-old man was involved in the incident and police are not looking for anyone further in relation to the matter, police said on Friday. Homicide Squad investigators have formed the preliminary view that the 42-year-old woman is responsible for all four deaths and on completion of their investigation, a report will be prepared for the consideration of the coroner. The reaction from neighbours and friends has been one of complete shock. A child leaving a note outside the Tullamarine home. Credit: James Ross/AAP Family friend Marie Groves said she was devastated by the multiple deaths. Ms Groves said Katie Perinovic, normally smiley face Katie, had seemed unusually withdrawn and quiet at a recent party for Ms Groves daughter. It hasnt sunk in that Im not going to walk out the door and see her walking past to the milk bar and picking up pizzas with the kids, she told the ABC. Im not going to be able to be at the park and see Matthew jumping on the trampolines. She said she did not know Tomislav very well as he was often working. Forensic officers at the Burgess Street property. Credit: JAMES ROSS/AAPIMAGE Emergency services were called to a property in Tullamarine on Thursday afternoon. Credit: 7NEWS On Thursday neighbours told 7NEWS they were having trouble comprehending the tragedy. One neighbour described Katie as polite and friendly, someone who would always say hello. Devastated, its so close to home, these people have spent time in my home, another neighbour said. My kids loved their kids. How am I going to tell my kids? Mourners gathered outside the house on Friday to lay flowers and pay their respects. A note left outside a property in Tullamarine, Melbourne, where three children were found dead on Thursday. Credit: James Ross/AAP Everyone is pretty shaken, its a horrible thing for anyone to attend, a paramedic who had attended the scene on Thursday told the ABC. We share the communitys heartbreak. It affects all of us. On Thursday Acting Deputy Commissioner Robert Hill acknowledged the emotional impact the deaths would have on the local community. I know there will be many people in the community struggling to understand and come to terms with this tragedy, he said. This has also been an incredibly difficult time for both the police and paramedics, who responded and attended the scene yesterday. This has been an incredibly heart-wrenching experience for all concerned. Tomislav and Katie Perinovic with one of their children. Credit: Supplied The home in Tullamarine. Credit: JAMES ROSS/AAPIMAGE Its understood the mother-of-three had left her job at Glenroy Physiotherapy unexpectedly about three months ago. Her children have been described by neighbours as happy, playful and active. Those kids were full of life. They were your picture-perfect kids, Marie Groves said. Chevron Right Icon Those kids were full of life. They were your picture-perfect kids. Those kids were so young, just beautiful little kids, another local, Tara Jenkins, told The Age. [Their mother] was always alone with them and was a very loving mother. We would often say hello to each other as our kids played. She was always really cheerful and kind ... just a lovely woman. If you need help in a crisis, callLifelineon 13 11 14. For further information about depression contact beyondblue on 1300224636 or talk to your GP, local health professional or someone you trust.
Low carbs may put diabetes in remission - 7NEWS.com.au
An international study suggests a low carbohydrate diet could help put type-two diabetes into remission.
Low carbohydrate diets could help put type-two diabetes into remission, an international study suggests. After a six month period, patients whose daily calorie intake was less than 26 per cent carbs had higher rates of remission than people on diets traditionally recommended for managing the disease. CSIRO professor Grant Brinkworth, who contributed to the research, said patients who adhered to low carb diets had the greatest health improvements. "Building on existing research, this study underscores that a low carb diet can achieve greater weight loss and is more effective in reducing diabetes medication and improving blood glucose control," he said. "However, this study has gone one step further in showing the low carb dietary approach to be effective in driving type-two diabetes into remission." The paper, published the British Medical Journal on Thursday, came to the conclusion after examining 23 diabetes studies involving almost 1400 participants. "This study will help clinicians and patients to better understand how this dietary approach can be used to treat type-two diabetes," co-lead Dr Joshua Goldenberg from America's National University of Natural Medicine said. "The results ... suggest low carb diets could be considered an effective alternative, while monitoring and adjusting diabetes medication as needed." According to federal government data published last year, $1.2 million Australians had diabetes in 2017/18. The disease contributed to 11 per cent of the country's deaths in 2018, roughly 16,700 people. Professor Brinkworth said the findings underlined the need for diet support tools and further study. "Having a clearer definition of type-two diabetes remission, and more rigorous studies examining the long-term safety and satisfaction of low carb diets, will also help to confirm the strength of this therapeutic approach," he said.
Samsung makes Galaxy S21 phones official, Australian release date and pricing - 7NEWS.com.au
The tech company revealed there will be multiple new mobile phones available to consumers over the coming weeks.
Samsung has taken the wraps off its latest series of smartphones in the Galaxy series after multiple online leaks. The Korean tech company revealed there will be multiple new mobile phones available to consumers over the coming weeks that will compete with Apples latest iPhone 12 range. Take a look at the video above as Sunrise consumer correspondent Shaun White checks out the new Galaxy lineup. But unlike Apple, there will only be three models that range in different sizes, come with different specifications as well as the inevitable price tag for the higher end devices. However, there are still some similarities with Apple in the upcoming Galaxy S21 series - and it wont please everyone. Late last year, 9to5Google reported that Samsung had deleted social media posts that had mocked Apple for removing the charger from the iPhone 12 lineup. I guess we now know why. Its official that we can also say goodbye to the wired headphones and in-box chargers that Samsung says are to promote better recycling habits. While looking after the environment is an important decision, itll be something to keep in mind when purchasing your shiny new Galaxy S21 phone. You might need to also grab yourself a charging brick, as an added expense. Almost all the colours of the rainbow. Credit: Supplied Outside of what doesnt come in the box, there are some notable improvements over last years S20 series. Heres what to expect. Samsung's Galaxy S21+ in violet, silver and black. Credit: Supplied Plastic or glass? Big or small? Those are the questions youre going to want to ask yourself when it comes to the S21 and S21+. Following on from the hugely popular Galaxy S20 FE, the S21 will come with a plastic back - and thats definitely not a bad thing (as it makes it less fragile for clumsy hands like mine). Upgrade to the S21+ and youll get a glass back - and that always does look a little bit more premium. The S21 has a 6.2-inch display while the S21 Plus bumps things up a notch with a 6.7-inch screen. Theres also a big focus on photography with the S21 series, and the S21 and S21+ both come equipped with wide angle, ultrawide and telephoto lenses. 5G is on board and both models come with the usual water and dust resistance. There are also some differences in terms of battery - on paper at least - with the S21+ having a larger battery capacity. Colour wise, there are quite a few options to choose from with the S21 - Phantom Violet, Phantom Gray, Phantom White and Phantom Pink. The S21+ is available in Phantom Violet, Phantom Black and Phantom Silver, with two exclusive colours when purchasing direct from Samsung. These colours are Phantom Red and Phantom Gold. One of the biggest additions to the S21 Ultra model is support for Samsungs S Pen - something that was previously reserved for the Galaxy Note range of smartphones. Weve made the bold decision to expand the S Pen experience to Galaxy S21 Ultra, and plan to expand the S Pen experience across additional device categories in the future, TM Roh, President and Head of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics said at launch. But the S Pen wont come included with the phone and will remain an add-on accessory in the form of a case that comes with the ability to clip in the S Pen to the side. Youll also get an upgraded camera with the Ultra adding an additional camera lens that brings telephoto, wide angle and ultrawide modes to the experience. There is also 100x digital space zoom on the Ultra. For those who like the option of expandable storage, youll miss out on this here. The Ultra comes in Phantom White and Phantom Black colours with three exclusive colours direct from Samsung - Phantom Titanium, Phantom Navy and Phantom Brown. All the Galaxy S21 devices are available for pre-order today, with on sale from January 29. A free pair of Galaxy Buds Live is available with the pre-order of the S21 and S21+. Or if youre picking up the Galaxy S21 Ultra, you can get a pair of Galaxy Buds Pro with pre-order. Once availability and carrier options have been released locally, well update this article with all the information you need.
Tullamarine tragedy: Mother, three children and husband identified - 7NEWS.com.au
At the scene of a family tragedy, neighbours share their pain. 'My kids loved their kids. How am I going to tell my kids?'
A mother and her three children found dead in their home in Tullamarine, Victoria, have been identified. The bodies of Katie Perinovic and her children Matthew, three, Anna, five, and Claire, seven, were discovered after the childrens father, Katies husband Tomislav, 48, called triple-zero at around 12.30pm on Tuesday. When paramedics arrived he was standing on the front lawn of his Burgess Street home. Police say he is assisting them with their inquiries but that the investigation is still in its early stages. The family reportedly lived at the home together and there was no history of family violence. The homicide squad is investigating all avenues, including the possibility the deaths could be the result of a murder-suicide. Victoria Police Acting Deputy Commissioner, Bob Hill, said no assumptions should be made about what had unfolded. Theres been a tragic event in metropolitan Melbourne today, he said. Tomislav and Katie Perinovic with their three children. Credit: Supplied The loss of four lives, a mother and three children, is a tragic event. When it involves children, it is more heart-wrenching. Hill said police were not looking for anyone else in relation to the tragedy. I must be very clear here and advise that at this point in time the investigation is at its very early stages, he said. We know it involves a husband, a wife, and three children. Victoria Police at the scene in Tullamarine on Thursday. Credit: JAMES ROSS/AAPIMAGE The circumstance of this event are yet to be determined. We cannot afford to make any assumptions as to what occurred. There are many scenarios that we need to actually explore. I just want to make it clear we should not assume culpability on the basis that we have a male assisting us with our inquiries. Hill added drawing conclusions about the husband would be grossly unfair. He did not expect any charges to be laid on Thursday. Tomislav and Katie Perinovic with one of their children. Credit: Supplied We well and truly have a long way to go before we can actually understand ... what has occurred, he added. Detectives declined to comment on the nature of the injuries sustained by the deceased. Forensic officers continued to comb the scene on Thursday night, with police speaking to neighbours and those known to the family. Katie Perinovic worked at Glenroy Physiotherapy for several years but left the clinic unexpectedly three months ago, the Herald Sun reports. She graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1999, according to its website, and specialised in physiotherapy and Feldenkrais. Neighbours told 7NEWS they were shocked by the tragedy. Forensic officers at the Burgess Street property. Credit: JAMES ROSS/AAPIMAGE One neighbour described Katie Perinovic as polite and friendly, someone who would always say hello. Devastated, its so close to home, these people have spent time in my home, another neighbour said. My kids loved their kids. How am I going to tell my kids? People are seen with Victorian Police officers at the crime scene in Tullamarine on Thursday. Credit: JAMES ROSS/AAPIMAGE Acting Assistant Commissioner Mark Galliot said first responders at the scene would be affected by the tragedy for years to come. The loss of any life is tragic. However, the loss of young lives in circumstances such as this is are difficult to comprehend, he told reporters. This will have long-lasting effects on the police that have attended, on extended family, the community, the neighbourhood, the emergency services, and everybody else involved.