Jonathan Radley writes: The Penarth Group (of Late Triassic and possibly ranging to Early Jurassic age) of the southern UK marks a marine transgression and the establishment of a shallow epicontinental seaway (Hallam & El Shaarawy 1982; Warrington & Ivimey-Cook 1992), influenced by regressive–transgressive pulses and characterized by rapid facies changes (Hallam & Wignall 2004; Hesselbo et al. 2004). A well-documented invertebrate macrofauna includes corals, brachiopods, molluscs and echinoderms (Swift & Martill 1999). Facies developments range from storm-influenced, shallow-marine mudrocks (Westbury Formation) upwards into calcareous mudstones, siltstones and essentially fine-grained carbonates...

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