Some recent work suggests it all happened at once in a sort of “chemical big bang.”
The laws of physics constrain what can happen, but not how it happens. Biological designs show expertise in the use of forces for function.
The adhesive properties of gecko toe pads, based on atomic van der Waals attraction, have been understood for years now.
If engineers could make something like a seed, it would be absolutely phenomenal. Then, imagine getting the object to last for thousands of years and still work.
It’s important to remember that Darwinian factors are indeed real and can have important medical effects, but they only modify life around the edges.