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n.1.(Paleon.) A genus of large eocene birds from the Paris basin.
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The terror bird - also known as Gastornis - was a flightless bird up to two metres in height with an enormous, ferocious beak.
The flightless Gastornis bird stood at around two metres tall and had an enormous beak.
WALKING WITH BEASTS: Julia Snowdin, corporate sales assistant for the Herbert with a Gastornis
The Dark Lord might well have won over course and distance earlier in the month had he not made a mistake when leading at the second-last, while Gastornis is reckoned to have come on for his first run of the autumn.
Full-size replicas of the woolly rhino, mammoth, sabre-tooth cat and giant 'killer birds' like the half-tonne Gastornis who used their devastating beaks to crunch their way through miniature horses.
Runner-up Gastornis, owned by racecourse chairman Lord Daresbury, also ran a cracker under top weight and should make a useful hurdler.
Next up was a gastornis, an ungainly, unconvincing-looking thing - a green-headed, blue-backed ostrich, a cross between the griffin from Alice In Wonderland and Big Bird from Sesame Street.
Walking With Beasts, which begins on BBC1 on Thursday, treats viewers to such amazing sights as the half-tonne gastornis, a giant bird that uses its massive beak to crunch its way through miniature horses.
Mick Easterby vowed to do all he can to help Gino Carenza win the amateur riders' championship after seeing him bring Gastornis with a perfectly-timed run to win the 'Irish Day' Maiden Hurdle.
The giant Gastornis resembled an overblown turkey and tottered around like Lily Savage on stilettos.
The tropical rainforests of the Eocene era are home to an array of mysterious animals, including the Ambulocetus, an amphibious "walking whale", and the fearsome Gastornis, a half-tonne flightless bird that preys on small birds.