Mary Silcox

Mary Silcox
Telephone number
(416) 208-5132
Building HL 314


  • Research Associate, Royal Ontario Museum
  • Research Associate, Florida Museum of Natural History (University of Florida)
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Manitoba Dept. of Anthropology

Teaching Interests

  • Introduction to Anthropology: Becoming Human
  • Primate Evolution
  • Human Origins: New Discoveries

Research Interests

  • Primate evolution: fossil evidence for primate origins, anatomy and evolution of close relatives to primates
  • Brain evolution in primates and other mammals
  • Reconstruction of paleoecology using compositional analysis, functional morphology, and dental microwear analysis

Awards and Grants

  • 2010-2015 NSERC Discovery Grant "Anatomy and Evolution of Stem Primates" ($100, 000)
  • 2006-2011 NSF Research Grant "AToL: Collaborative Research: Resolving Mammalian Phylogeny with Genomic and Morphological Approaches" (Co-PI; total grant amount approximately $3 million)


  • 2012 Silcox, M.T., and Williamson, T. E.  New discoveries of early Paleocene (Torrejonian) primates from the Nacimiento Formation, San Juan Basin, New Mexico.  Journal of Human Evolution 63: 805-833.
  • 2011 Silcox, M.T, Dalmyn, C.K., Hrenchuk, A.,  Bloch, J.I., Boyer, D.M., and Houde, P..  Endocranial morphology of Labidolemur kayi (Apatemyidae, Apatotheria) and its relevance to the study of brain evolution in Euarchontoglires.  Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 31: 1314-1325.
  • 2010 Silcox, M.T., Benham, A.E., and Bloch J.I. Endocasts of Microsyops (Microsyopidae, Primates) and the evolution of the brain in primitive primates. Journal of Human Evolution 58: 505-521.
  • 2009 Silcox, M.T., Dalmyn, C.K., and Bloch J.I Virtual endocast of Ignacius graybullianus (Paromomyidae, Primates) and brain evolution in early Primates. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 106:10987-92.
  • 2009 Silcox, M.T., Bloch J.I., Boyer, D.M., Godinot, M., Ryan, T.M., Spoor, F., and Walker, A. Semicircular canal system in early primates. Journal of Human Evolution 56: 315-327.