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Re: Fwd: Progress in evolution

>> the state of a character at or just after its initial
>> appearance in a clade

George, you almost said it yourself!  I'm thinking, what's wrong  
with "initial state"?  "Primary state"?  Basal?  Primal?

Or a quick cruise thru the thesaurus turns up: principal, chief,  
basic, original, fundamental, first, leading, elementary,  

Kata McCarville
Colorado School of Mines