gastornithidae

A bust of Gastornis geiselensis, a six-and-a-half-foot tall relative of the modern Anseriformes - ducks and allies - and scourge of small horses all over Eocene Germany. Not really though, Angst et al. have pretty confidently proven that it spent its life crushing large seeds rather than small mammals, to the disappointment of 12 year old dinosaur enthusiasts around the world. 

sauropolis-princeps  asked:

Ey you wanna dish out some discourse on the big birds of the post K-T world? Specifically the unrelated terror birds, The Phorusrhacids and the less terrible Gastornids?

It’s generally agreed that the vast majority of dinosaurs went extinct after he Cretaceous period.  With this extinction, dinosaurs were removed from a wide variety of ecological niches, one of them being “land-based macropredator”.  After the Mesozoic Era ended, the time when dinosaurs reigned as land predators was over.

Or was it?

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