It is fascinating to read about the emerging role of physics in our evolutionary history. The physicist in the link argues that early forms of life change rapidly because of cells transferred survival characteristics from one kind of a cell to the other rather always from “parent” to offspring. Those that were eaten by one cell gave characteristics to the victory and then back again.
Physics contributes to understanding evolution because it is directed toward systems. Biologists plot what happens while physicists build models of systems that include biology.
The link physicist wants to know what preceded cells. Before the were cells there was no DNA. He concludes this left much chemical activity going on simultaneously. Transfer of better characteristics went on horizontally. This is an entirely different concept than our traditional one of plotting the DNA from previous creatures to us of today.
He finds through experiments horizontal passing of development traits takes place quite rapidly in the very simplest forms of life. As living beings become more complex this horizontal passing slows to a crawl. This is why it appears life showed up on earth not so long after the earth itself came to be. Once complex beings developed the pace of evolution slowed.
While I’m sure there is not complete agreement within the scientific community with this line of reasoning, the laboratory work surrounding it continues.
There has been for more success in the study of evolution than there has been in creationism.