ITEM: Let us not forget Professor X, a telepath, as one of the original X-Men.
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ITEM: IRL, a mutation is a change that a preceding generation had. If it is not anti-life (e.g., having one's skull half formed), it should be then carried on in all succeeding generations, as mutants breed true. (That's vague and non-scientific, I know, but it works for me - a layman.)
ITEM: The original mutants each had one ability... mostly.* They were not anti-survival, certainly, save possibly for Cyclops... but there was always that mystery to why his eyebeams were uncontrollable. That mystery about him worked for me, but Chris Claremont had to solve it... but that's not pertinent here.
*Let's be honest. Iceman had a variety of abilities. He could change his form to ice, he could create cold, and he could form constructs out of ice.
ITEM: I don't see how reincarnation could count as a positive evolutionary trait for ALL of humanity. Obviously, it's only first generation- WHOOPS! Moira had Kevin MacTaggart (Proteus) and he very definitely did not have such an ability. He could probably do everything else, though... another example of this being a very exotic ability.
Marc B. is right - this is downright silly. I'm trying to think of Marvel mutants that had multiple unrelated abilities, and I think we have to get to Nightcrawler before we find one of that nature. (And dang, did Dave Cockrum like him some Nightcrawler.)
I believe that such elements are added by writers to make characters easier to write... but the whole point is that it's supposed to be hard. Hard is what makes it great. If it were easy, everybody could do it. This, I think, is why it's easier to write a Superman story than a Mr. Fantastic story.