Not to mention the fact that such a discovery would be a very firm kick in the balls to creationism, which likes to protest that abiogenesis is extremely unlikely. Having it happen twice would be interesting - but of course, there is no evidence that it has happened at this time.
I'm not sure it would make a difference to creationists. Either they'd ignore the significance - perhaps denying that these other organisms are so different - or they'd use it as a further argument against evolution! "Abiogenesis is extremely improbable. For it to happen once on Earth is unlikely enough, but for it to happen twice is effectively impossible. Therefore, there must have been an intelligent designer who created life" I can just easily imagine a creationist saying that. Christina (talk) 21:43, 2 November 2010 (UTC)
- Agreed, nothing will shake creationists. Even if Jesus were to descend from the heavens and say "You idiots know genesis is just a pretty story right?" they'd be unconvinced. Aceword up 21:51, 2 November 2010 (UTC)
The Daily Telegraph link no longer works (or one has to sign in) - would  do instead?
Could there have been more than one genesis when the process began (perhaps around different thermal vents)- but the one that has led to us was the successful one, and the others either vanished or were co-opted as with the formation of early cells. (We are the fourth genesis.) Anna Livia (talk) 16:17, 29 March 2019 (UTC)