Michael Schillaci

Michael Schillaci
Associate Professor
(416) 287-7328


Michael Schillaci is an Evolutionary Anthropologist with diverse research interests. He received his PhD from the University of New Mexico in 2002, where his doctoral research examined morphological variation and growth and development in hybrid macaques from Sulawesi, Indonesia. More recently Michael’s research has covered a variety of different topics within the subfields of bioarchaeology, archaeology, primate evolution, and medical anthropology.  His current research focuses on the prehistory of the American Southwest, and combining bioarchaeological, archaeological, and historical linguistic data sets to investigate culture history.

CV Michael Schillaci

Research Interests: 

  • Bioarchaeology: craniometric variation, growth, quantitative genetics, paleopathology
  • Archaeology: American Southwest, culture history, linguistics, cultural affiliation
  • Primate Evolution: Macaca, growth and development, hybridization, morphology, evolutionary history
  • Medical Primatology: bidirectional pathogen transmission, radiography

Awards and Grants: 

  • 2006-2009 SSHRC Standard Research Grant ($53,307), for research on skeletal variation among ancestral Pueblo Indians in the American Southwest.
  • SSHRC Institutional Grant (SIG) awarded in 2005, 2010, 2011, 2013


(recent select):

  • Schillaci MA, Klegarth AR, Switzer WM, Shattuck MR, Lee BPY-H. Hollocher H. 2017. Evolutionary relationships of Macaca fascicularis fascicularis (Raffles 1821) (Primates: Cercopithecidae) from Singapore revealed by Bayesian analysis of mitochondrial DNA sequences. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology(in press)    
  • Schillaci MA, Lakatos SA, Sutton LD. 2017. Tewa place names for early habitation sites in the Northern Rio Grande Valley, New Mexico. Journal of Field Archaeology (in press)                        
  • Schillaci MA, Lakatos SA. 2017. The emergence of Kwahe’e Black-on-white pottery in the Tewa Basin, New Mexico. Journal of Field Archaeology (in press)
  • Schillaci MA, Wichmann S. 2016. The use of linguistic data in bioarchaeological research: an example from the American Southwest. In Mant M, and Holland A. (eds). Beyond the bones. engaging with disparate datasets. Amsterdam:Academic Press. pp. 101-112.
  • Schillaci MA, Lakatos SA. 2016. Refiguring the population history of the Tewa Basin. Kiva 82(4):364-386.
  • Schillaci MA. 2015. Letter to the Editor: Body mass as a confounding variable when predicting group size from orbit diameter and neocortex ratio. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 158:170–171
  • Schillaci MA, Castellini MJ, Stricker CA, Jones-Engel L, Lee BP, O’Hara TM. 2014. Variation in hair δ13C and δ15N values in long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis) from Singapore. Primates 55:25-34.
  • Schillaci MA, Gunz P. 2013. Multivariate quantitative methods in Paleoanthropology. In Begun DR (ed). A Companion to Paleoanthropology. Blackwell Publishing, pp. 75-96.
  • Schillaci MA, Sachdev HPS, Bhargava SK. 2012. Comparison of the Maresh reference data with the WHO international standard for normal growth in healthy children. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 147:493-498.
  • Schillaci MA, Nikitovic D, Akins NJ, Tripp L, Palkovich AM. 2011. Infant and juvenile growth in ancestral Pueblo Indians. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 145:318-326.
  • Schillaci MA, Lee BP Y-H, Castellini JM, Reid MJC, O’Hara TM. 2011. Lead levels in the long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis) hair from Singapore. Primates 52(2):163-170                                                   
  • Schillaci MA, Saravia S, Lee BPY-H, Matheson C. 2011. Preliminary report on mitochondrial DNA variation in Macaca fascicularis from Singapore. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 59(1):101-108.                                                                                          
  • Schillaci MA, Bustard WJ. 2010. Controversy and conflict: NAGPRA and the role of biological anthropology in determining cultural affiliation. Political and Legal Anthropology Review 33(2):352-373.
  • Schillaci MA,  Lischka AR, Karamitsos AA, Engel GA, Paul N, Ramoul R, Rompis A, Putra A, Wandia IN, Jones-Engel L. 2010. Radiographic measurement of the cardiothoracic ratio in a feral population of long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis). Radiography 16:163-166.
  • Schillaci MA. 2010. Latitudinal variation in cranial dimorphism in Macaca fascicularis. American Journal of Primatology 72(2):152-160.
  • Schillaci MA, Irish JD, Wood CCE. 2009. Further analysis of the population history of ancient Egyptians. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 139(2):235-243.
  • Schillaci MA, Meijaard, E, Clark T. 2009. The effect of island area on body size in a primate species from the Sunda Shelf Islands. Journal of Biogeography 36:362-371.
  • Schillaci MA, Parish S, Jones-Engel L. 2009. Radiographic measurement of the cardiothoracic ratio in pet macaques from Sulawesi, Indonesia. Radiography 15:e29-e33.
  • Schillaci MA, Schillaci ME. 2009. Estimating the probability that the sample mean is within a desired fraction of the standard deviation of the true mean. Journal of Human Evolution 56(2):134-138.
  • Schillaci MA. 2008. Human cranial diversity and evidence of an ancient lineage of modern humans. Journal of Human Evolution 54(6):814-826.
  • Schillaci MA. 2008. Sexual selection and the evolution of neocortex size in primates. Journal of Mammalogy 89:58-63.
  • Schillaci MA, Jones-Engel L, Engel GA, Fuentes A. 2008. Characterizing the threat to the blood supply associated with nonoccupational exposure to emerging simian retroviruses. Transfusion 48(2):398-401.

Teaching Interests: 

•  Biological Anthropology (undergraduate, ANT B14)
•  Human Osteology (undergraduate, ANT C47)
•  Medical Anthropology (undergraduate, ANT D17, ANT D25)
•  Quantitative Methods (graduate, ANT1099)
•  Evolutionary Perspectives on Growth and Development (graduate   ANT3041)