Franklin is making the point in his book that there is amazingly LITTLE science about the history and development of the dog; scientists have spent far more time on other species and really neglected the dog. He wonders why. So do I.
He interviews Dr. Stanley Olsen, who has spent 30 years traveling all over the world, mostly on his own dime, to become the world's leading expert on the paleontology of dogs. Olsen says he is now "working on a grant to do fieldwork on goats." Franklin is appalled, says "Goats?" and Olsen replies, "I can't get money for work on dogs. THere's no interest in dogs. I'm tired of struggling with it."
The book offers an interesting perspective, and just because Franklin didn't read Coppinger, I don't think that discredits this work. I like to read more than just stuff I know I agree with, I think it stretches my mind. My brother says it means I'm gullible. ROFL