Glossary of "Cladistics (2nd ed.)" by Kitching et al. (1998)
- A method of character polarization that states that the character state found in the oldest fossil taxa is plesiomorphic. Also known as the criterion of geological character precedence.
- Kitching, I. J., Forey, P. L. Humphries, C. J. & Williams, D. M. 1998. Cladistics, 2nd ed.: the Theory and Practice of Parsimony Analysis. -xii + 228 pp. Oxford University Press, New York.