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Diatryma

 

an extinct fossil bird of the order Diatrymae. It was a cursorial bird with a height about 2 M and was similar to an ostrich. The wings were atrophied, and the legs were strong, with four toes. It had a relatively short neck and a large head, with a massive beak. The Diatryma was the bitter enemy of ancient mammals. It has been found in Eocene deposits in North America and Europe.

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They also said that the size of the Gastornis would have made it difficult to move fast, adding to difficulties if it had to hunt down its food.
Tooth enamel preserves original geochemical signatures much better than bone, but since Gastornis didn't have any teeth, we've had to work with their bones to do our calcium isotope assay," Tutken said.
The proplaeothericm promptly got tipsy on "the tiny amounts of alcohol" in the grapes and was duly gobbled up by the gastornis.
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But we're not talking about your average garden sparrow here - think more along the lines of the Gastornis, a half-ton flightless bird that preys on miniature horses.
4 GASTORNIS (Gaston's Bird): Lived 56-41 million years ago.
A red-letter day for teenager Tom Greenall, who kept his father - and favourite backers - happy when completing his first double aboard Noshinannikin and Gastornis, writes Tom O'Ryan.
Tribal Dispute, backed down from 3-1 to 7-4, got home by a short head from Gastornis, trained by Mick Easterby and ridden by Tom Greenall.
Gastornis and Tribal Dispute are in good form, but bumper winner Gastornis seemed to need all of the longer trip when winning at Wetherby last time.
GINO CARENZA made it 17 winners for the season, and is two clear in the amateur riders' title race, after partnering Gastornis to make a successful jumping debut in the maiden hurdle.
The five-year-old, another potential star owned by Ashleybank Investments, bounded home seven lengths clear of Gastornis to justify favouritism for an impressive success.