|A parody remake of this image version (Ѻ) of the clay substrate theory combined with the hydrothermal vent theory origin of life.|
Clay creation myth
The clay substrate theory itself, in an oft-uncited manner, has thematic connection to the religious clay creation myth origin of life, and hence is pleasing to those who would like to find compatibility between science and religion; although this is rarely stated explicitly.
In 1948, John Bernal discussed the theory. 
In 1970, Aharon Katchalsky discussed the possibility of the theory. 
In 1985, Graham Smith, in his Seven Clues to the Origin of Life, posted that life might have started in respect to self-replication of clay crystals allowed other molecules to become catalyzed by the surface properties of silicates, or something along these lines. 
In 2009, the clay substrate theory, as the origin of life, was usurped, predominately by Libb Thims, by the abioism view of the molecular evolution table, namely that there is no "life origin point", but rather that the carbon atom has the property of light-induced animation, and that "animate things", e.g. walking molecules, gradually formed over time, as Carnot cycles of daily solar heat input worked the surface of the earth, over 4.5-million years.
1. Katchalsky, Aharon. (1971). “Thermodynamics of Flow and Biological Organization” (abs)(Ѻ) (clay substrate, pgs. 119-20), Zygon, 6(2):99-125.
2. Clay hypothesis (section) – Wikipedia.