440.8 ± 1.2 – 438.5 ± 1.1 Ma
Name formalityFormal
Usage information
Celestial bodyEarth
Regional usageGlobal (ICS)
Time scale(s) usedICS Time Scale
Chronological unitAge
Stratigraphic unitStage
Time span formalityFormal
Lower boundary definitionFAD of the graptolite Monograptus austerus sequens
Lower boundary GSSPTrefawr Track Section, Llandovery, Wales, UK
52°01′48″N 3°42′00″W / 52.0300°N 3.7000°W / 52.0300; -3.7000
Lower GSSP ratified1984
Upper boundary definitionJust above LAD of the brachiopod Eocoelia intermedia, below FAD of lowest succeeding species Eocoelia curtisi
Upper boundary GSSPCefn-cerig Road Section, Llandovery, Wales, UK
51°58′12″N 3°47′24″W / 51.9700°N 3.7900°W / 51.9700; -3.7900
Upper GSSP ratified1984

In the geologic timescale, the Aeronian is an age of the Llandovery Epoch of the Silurian Period of the Paleozoic Era of the Phanerozoic Eon that began 440.8 ± 1.2 Ma and ended 438.5 ± 1.1 Ma (million years ago). The Aeronian Age succeeds the Rhuddanian Age and precedes the Telychian Age, all in the same epoch.

During the Aeronian the Sedgwickii Event occurred in which graptolite diversity was greatly reduced. This event has been attested in locations such as today's Canada, Libya as well as in La Chilca Formation in Argentina (then part of Gondwana).


The GSSP is located in the Trefawr Track section, 500m north of Cwm-coed-Aeron Farm, Wales, UK. The GSSP lies within the gently-dipping blocky mudstones of the Trefawr Formation, which principally yield abundant and diverse shelly faunas, but also contain enough graptolites to allow recognition of several biozones.

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