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I think it's a mistake to assume that there is such a point. All plausible seeming models of abiogenesis currently under consideration involve evolutionary processes long before they reach the stage we'd consider alive. Evolution will occur whenever there is (a) replication-with-error and (b) selection (simplifying slightly). This is the case with a ...


As populations expand, generation by generation, they will inevitably run into limits on resources. Not all individuals in a population are exactly alike as some will have traits that give them an advantage in survival. A change in any aspect of the environment can suddenly turn what had been just another variation or variant into either an ...

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