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Re: Progress in evolution

The english equivalent to a plesiomorphic character state is ANCESTRAL 
character state.   There should be little confusion using this term unlike 
using names like primitive or beginning or generalized or original.

     Scott Moody, Ohio University     moody@mail.oucom.ohiou.edu
>From: dinosaur
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: Re: Progress in evolution
Date: Thursday, October 26, 1995 10:57PM

Dinogeorge has suggested that I should offer an alternative term for
"primitive features."  How about "beginning characteristics."  This one has
the advantage of being more descriptive since it describes those
characteristics  a clade had in the beginning.