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Gastornis was related to cranes and not phorusrhacids as commonly believed. At first, it was thought to be a carnivore, but now we know it is more likely to have been either a herbivore or an omnivore mainly due to the fact that it did not have a curved beak, a feature that most predatory birds had.This bird is now considered the ancestor of geese.
- Gastornis or Diatryma made it's 1st Stop Motion appearance The Ghost of Slumber Mountain.
- It also appeared in one of the episodes of animated action show Valley of the Dinosaurs by Hanna-Barbera.
- It appeared in the Stop Motion short documentary film Age of Mammals in the 1980s.
- Gastornis or Diatryma made it's 1st CG Documentary appearance The 1st episode of Walking With Prehistoric Beasts as a carnivore, but recent evidence suggests it was actually herbivorous.
- Gastornis can be created in the Glacial Park of Jurassic Park: Builder as a carnivore, but recent evidence suggests it was actually herbivorous.
- Gastornis can be created in the Cenozoic Park as a tournament Savannah creature in Jurassic World: The Game. Like the other Ludia game it appears in, Jurassic Park: Builder, it is portrayed as a carnivore since it uses the same animations as Phorusrhacos, even though the fact that it is herbivorous is brought up in a trivia point.
- It made It's 2nd CG Documentary appearance in Life After Dinosaurs.
- Gastornis or Diatryma have been seen in almost all the Ice Age Films.