Rift basins of Triassic and Jurassic age contain a lithological record of the break-up of the Pangaea super-continent, and so they give us a window onto the physical and biological changes that were occurring at this important time in Earth history. Some key events about which we seek to know much more were: the appearance and diversification of dinosaurs, the early evolution of mammals, global reorganization of climate belts, a change from rift to drift tectonics, and the development of what might be the largest igneous province on the planet, which itself is coincident with a major faunal extinction at...

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