It's interesting how sometimes coincidence can solve a problem when writing. One of my ongoing concerns has been how to reconcile the animals of Felriver coming up with many of the same technologies that humans had developed in their own past. How coincidental was too coincidental? How far could literary license be taken to explain away things like metalworking, pulleys, levers, carts, and such? Even so far as basic tools - would animals necessarily come up with the same ideas as humans had?
Well, one of my "problems" was answered today while idly watching TV . . . I rarely "watch" TV, but sometimes it'll be on in the background. Today there was a show on called "10,000 B.C." (no, not that crappy movie) and I started paying attention when they began talking about the Delmarva Peninsula, which is where Felriver takes place. Unbeknownst to me it was one of the largest sites of Clovis people population discovered so far. Clovis people mean stone tools . . . and stone tools means tool examples that would have survived to serve as examples to the animals of Felriver, thus giving them the technological jump-start that I had been looking for.
Problem solved! Now to learn some basics of flint-knapping so I can incorporate it correctly.