From sticks to stones...
With saurian technology, the route to modern stone-blade technology was just as alternate to our own as was their route to intelligence. While our ancestors developed the hand-axe and honed their stone-throwing skills to scavenge kills, the saurians ancestors were developing more and more advanced pointy sticks. Beginning with twig and leaf tools for grub-fishing, these developed into larger proto-spears, for stabbing into burrows and dens of small mammals and birds. These developed into hardier stabbing spears, which became the main tool of cooperative killing of small and medium-sized game. This was their technological plateau - because of their butcher claws, a band could quickly divide up and devour a smaller kill, but they were restricted to smaller prey because their claws werent effective on larger carcasses. These skills would serve them well as the Pliocene progressed, the slowly worsening climatic conditions prompting more social complexity and superior hunting techniques.
Stone hammers only appeared with frequency early in the Pleistocene, as they were increasingly needed to smash open bones and hard nuts as the ice age made food scarcer and harder to find. These stone hammers rapidly gave rise to new technology as the Pleistocene progressed, moving from beak and manus-held stone blades to spear-tips and specialized tools over the course of some fifty-thousand odd years. By the Eemian interglacial, saurian technological and cultural complexity rivaled that of our own Cro-Magnon ancestors. The Eemian, like the Holocene for us, would be the great interglacial that would allow the flowering of dinosaurian civilization.
Language of the Dinosauroids
I like the idea of complex tools evolving from grub-fishing sticks.
Can I add an idea, though?
From what I remember, dromaeosaur arms are stronger when they pull toward the body than when they extend away from it. To get much force out of a blow from a stone axe, I think they would hold it in their feet. The feet already have the muscles and associated instincts to strike downward, and the two long toes might hold a properly shaped stone axe pretty well.
what do you think?
I think the strongest muscles in the arm will be the ones attaching to the sternum (what birds use to power the downstroke of the wings). The mechanically simplest bow would therefor fire an arrow into the air above the animal. Perhaps if the archer clings to a ladder with its feet and lets a comrade swivel the ladder around to aim it...?
I dunno. I have been thinking about claw-based weapons lately, though . I'll work on it.
And if you have any other ideas, send 'em my way. (I want this project to be as flexible as possible.)