She won a Commonwealth Scholarship to study at University College London, England, where she earned her PhD in 1972. In the 1980s, she was appointed professor of Psychology at the McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada where she remained for the rest of her life.
Together with her fellow psychologist and husband, Martin Daly, whom she'd met in Toronto in 1974, where they were both working at the time, Margo Wilson started investigating homicide, and conducting "epidemiological analyses of patterns of risk for violence in different categories of relationships."
"Morality is the device of an animal of exceptional cognitive complexity, pursuing its interests in an exceptionally complex universe."
(All books co-authored with Martin Daly)
- Sex, Evolution, and Behaviour, Brooks Cole, 1978 (2nd edition 1983), ISBN 978-0871507679
- Homicide: Foundations of Human Behavior, Aldine Transaction, 1988, ISBN 978-0202011783
- The truth about Cinderella: A Darwinian view of parental love, Yale, 1999, ISBN 9780300080292
- "Margo Wilson's research shed light on evolutionary psychology" by Julia Belluz, The Globe & Mail, October 1 2009
- Margo Wilson in the Royal Society of Canada website
- Palmer, Craig, T., Randy Thornhill. A Natural History of Rape: Biological Bases of Sexual Coercion; MIT Press; 1st edition: January 18, 2000; ISBN 978-0262201254
- Wright, Robert. The Moral Animal: Why We Are, the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology, Vintage, ISBN 978-0-679-76399-4, p.208