There does not exist such a thing as one characteristic process, that creates life.
This is a bizarre statement from GodsEyeView? or at least RoyalWe. How would you know?
The typical life creating process is evolutionary though.
I currently lean toward a contrary opinion, proposed by, for example, Maturana and Varela, that autopoiesis is the one characteristic process. -- RalphMellor
I understand that autopoiesis means essentially a process emerging from continued self-reference and system-environment difference (though I have read NiklasLuhmann, not Maturana). I'm not quite clear whether life necessarily implies self-reference, that typically being a property of conscious and social systems.
Every mammal knows which mammal its mother is. Most of us can find our tails.