Multivariate analyses indicate that each sample contained one of two distinct faunal assemblages. An assemblage dominated by the bivalve Carditamera floridana and other grass-dwelling mollusks was recognized from the lower zone of the outcrop. Samples from the upper zone contained an assemblage dominated by the burrowing clam Chione cancellata as well as other grass and sand dwelling mollusks. The lower zone assemblage had lower paleoecological complexity, and a higher abundance of the opportunistic, salinity-tolerant mactrid Mulinia congesta, indicating less stable paleoenvironmental conditions.
These results indicate that there were two distinct sets of conditions in effect at different times during deposition. The earlier fauna indicates the presence of sea grass, but also environmental instability, perhaps due to fluctuating salinity. Later, a richer fauna combining sea grass-dwelling organisms with sand-loving taxa developed.
Morphometric analysis of Mercenaria campechiensis (which lived under both paleoenvironmental regimes) indicates morphological differences between samples from different times. Preliminary autecological and synecological analyses of other taxa also indicate differences between the two times.