Fossils are the skeletal remains of what once lived on his island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons and, like insects, fish, paintings and sea creatures, they can be donated to the Museum.
However, you must first know how to find fossils Y how many different types of fossils they are hidden on your island.
With this knowledge, you can start collecting fossils and donating them to the Museum, selling them, or transforming your island into a relatively safe version of Jurassic Park.
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How many fossils are in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?
There are 73 different fossils to find in New Horizons.
This total consists of 14 independent fossils and 21 sets of fossils, which contain between two and six individual fossils and, when placed together, create a dinosaur skeleton.
How to find fossils in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
To find fossils in New Horizons, you must first equip yourself with a shovel. Once you’ve brought or created this tool, it’s time to explore the island until you find an X-shaped crack in the ground.
As in any good pirate story, the treasure is below the X, and if you use the shovel on the crevice, you will unearth a fossil.
However, you will not know what type of fossil you have found until you have evaluated it.
There will be at least four fossil rifts for you to find every day, and if you don’t collect them, two more cracks will appear the next day, bringing the maximum number of fossils you can find on your island at a time for six.
If you unearth all four fossils, a new set of four will appear after 5am, which is the island reset time for each island.
You can also find fossils on the Mystery Island tours, which you can purchase tickets at Nook Stop at Residential Services using Nook Miles.
Whether or not you find a fossil on a Mysterious Island is completely random, and if you do, you can only find it. For this reason, we do not recommend using Mystery Island tours exclusively for fossil hunting; you’d better save your Nook Miles and focus on the fossils found on your island.
How to evaluate fossils in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Once you’ve collected a couple of fossils in New Horizons, it’s time to find out exactly what you’ve excavated.
To do this, you must go to the Museum and to Blathers. Then select the option ‘Evaluate fossils’ and choose which fossil you want to be valued.
Then, Blathers will tell you exactly which fossils it has found, transforming the fossils in its inventory into their named form. It will also tell you if the Museum currently has the fossils in its collection.
If you have a fossil that the Museum is missing, you can donate it by selecting “Make a Donation” when you speak with Blathers again.
The fossils you receive are randomly selected, so there is no guarantee that you will receive a certain fossil. Instead, you should keep collecting fossils and evaluating them, until you are lucky.
How to complete the fossil display at the Museum in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
If you want to complete the fossil exhibit at the New Horizons Museum, then you must donate one of each fossil found in the game.
This is a task that, thanks to how the fossils are randomly selected, will probably take a couple of months, especially if you are the only player living on your island.
All you can do is continue to dig up the fossils that appear around your island and hand them over to you for evaluation with Blathers.
However, if you have friends who play New Horizons and find one of your lost fossils, they can always give you the fossil and then you can donate it to the Museum.
To find out which fossils you are missing, head over to the fossil exhibit. There you will be able to interact with the various displays, whether you have completed them or not, and hopefully it will give you an idea of exactly which fossils you need to complete the exhibit.
Sadly, the only reward you’ll receive for completing the Museum in New Horizons is Blathers’ smile, but at least he’s happy.
New to Animal Crossing? Our Animal Crossing New Horizons tips can help you with the basics. Right from the start, there are fish and insects to catch, flowers and fruits to grow with Leif selling seeds, villagers to add or remove, and tools like the new ladder and pole to collect. Once you’ve settled in, you’ll want to make as many bells as possible, start collecting KK Slider songs and working on your island’s star rating, increasing your HHA rating, incorporating Feng Shui into your room design, and acquiring Kitchen furniture. You can also buy fake Redd art, use Dream Suite, and the island backup.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons: Fossil set and price list
Unlike fish, insects, and sea creatures, New Horizons fossils are not seasonal, meaning you can find any of the 73 fossils at any time of the year.
The only problem is that the fossils you receive from the evaluation are randomly selected, which means that you may find yourself waiting several weeks simply to find a fossil. Fortunately, fossils are worth their weight at Bells and selling them can make a healthy profit that you can reliably receive every day.
Below you will find all the fossils you can excavate in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, including the fossils that are part of which sets and the sale price of each fossil.
|Acanthostega||2000||Stand alone fossil|
|Amber||1200||Stand alone fossil|
|Ammonite||1100||Stand alone fossil|
|Anomalocaris||2000||Stand alone fossil|
|Archeopteryx||1300||Stand alone fossil|
|Australopith||1100||Stand alone fossil|
|Coprolite||1100||Stand alone fossil|
|Dinosaur track||1000||Stand alone fossil|
|Diplo’s tail tip||4000||Diplodocus|
|Dunkleosteus||3500||Stand alone fossil|
|Eusthenopteron||2000||Stand alone fossil|
|Juramaia||1000||Stand alone fossil|
|Left side of megalo||4000||Megaceros|
|Left wing of ptera||4500||Pteranodon|
|Quetzal left wing||5000||Quetzalcoatlus|
|Myllokunmingia||1500||Stand alone fossil|
|Right side megalo||5500||Megaceros|
|Right wing of ptera||4500||Pteranodon|
|Quetzal right wing||5000||Quetzalcoatlus|
|Saber tooth skull||2500||Saber-toothed tiger|
|Saber tooth tail||2000||Saber-toothed tiger|
|Shark teeth pattern||1000||Stand alone fossil|
|T.Rex skull||6000||Tyrannosaurus Rex|
|T. rex tail||5000||Tyrannosaurus Rex|
|T. rex torso||5500||Tyrannosaurus Rex|
|Trilobite||1300||Stand alone fossil|
Other uses of fossils in Animal Crossing: New Horizons explained
Since you’re going to have a lot of fossils that you can’t donate to the Museum in New Horizons, it’s a good idea to know what you can use them for.
The first is obvious: you can sell your replacement fossils at Nook’s Cranny, and depending on the fossils you’ve found, you can earn a minimum of 4,000 Bells per day.
Second, you can use fossils to decorate both your house and your island.
Even if you don’t have a complete set of fossils, you can mix and match the largest fossil to create your own dinosaurs.
Finally, if you have any spare untested fossils, you can DIY them …