Animal Crossing fossil list: how many fossils, how to find fossils and every fossil price in New Horizons explained

It belongs in the Museum!

Fossils are the skeletal remains of what once lived on your island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons and, like bugs, fish, paintings and sea creatures, can be donated to the Museum.

First, however, you need to know how to find fossils and how many different types of fossils are hidden away on your island.

With this knowledge, you can start collecting fossils and either donate them to the Museum, sell them or transform your island into a relatively safe version of Jurassic Park.

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How many fossils are there in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

There are 73 different fossils for you to find in New Horizons.

This total consists of 14 stand-alone fossils and 21 fossil sets, which contain between two to six individual fossils and, when placed together, create one dinosaur skeleton.


How to find fossils in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

To find fossils in New Horizons, you first need to equip yourself with a shovel. Once you've brought or crafted this tool, it's time to explore the island until you find a crack in the ground shaped like an X.

Just like in any good pirate story, the treasure lies beneath the X and by using your shovel on the crack, you'll unearth a fossil.

Dig at the cracks to unearth fossils!

You won't, however, know what type of fossil you've found, until you've had it assessed.

There will be at least four fossil cracks for you to find every day and, if you don't collect them, then two more cracks will appear the following day, bringing the maximum amount of fossils you can find on your island at one time to six.

If you do dig up the four fossils, then a new set of four will appear after 5am, which is the island reset time for every island.

You can also find fossils on the Mystery Island tours, which can purchase tickets for at the Nook Stop in Residential Services using Nook Miles.

Whether or not you find a fossil on a Mystery Island is completely random and, if you do, you will only be able to find the one. For this reason, we don't recommend using Mystery Island tours exclusively for fossil hunting - you're better off saving your Nook Miles and focusing on the fossils found on your island.

How to assess fossils in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

After you've collected a couple of fossils in New Horizons, it's time to discover exactly what you've excavated.

To do this you need to head to the Museum and to Blathers. Next select the option 'Assess fossils' and choose which fossil that you wish to have appraised.

Talk to Blathers to have your fossils assessed.

Blathers will then tell you exactly which fossils you've found, transforming the fossils in your inventory into their named form. He will also tell you whether or not the Museum currently has the fossils in their collection.


If you do have a fossil the Museum is missing, then you can donate it by selecting 'Make a donation' when you talk to Blathers again.

The fossils you receive are randomly selected, so there's no guarantee that you will receive a certain fossil. Instead, you need to keep collecting fossils and having them assessed, until you get lucky.

How to complete the fossil exhibit in the Museum in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

If you want to complete the fossil exhibit at the Museum in New Horizons, then you need to donate one of every single fossil found in the game.

This is a task that, thanks to how the fossils are randomly selected, will most likely take you a couple of months, especially if you're the only player living on your island.

All you can do is continue digging up the fossils that appear around your island and handing them in for assessment with Blathers.


If you have friends who play New Horizons, however, and they find one of your missing fossils, then they can always give you the fossil and then you can donate it to the Museum.

To discover which fossils you're missing, head down into the fossil exhibit. There you'll be able to interact with the various displays, whether you've completed them or not, and it will hopefully give you an idea about 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 with the basics. From the off, there's fish and bugs to catch, flowers and fruit to grow with Leif selling seeds, villagers to add or remove and tools such as the new ladder and vaulting pole to collect. Once you have settled in, you'll want to be making as many Bells as possible, start collecting K.K. Slider songs and work on your island star rating, increase your HHA ranking, incorporate Feng Shui into your room design and acquiring kitchen furniture. You can also buy fake art from Redd, use the Dream Suite and island backup. Recently acorns and pine cones were added.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons: Fossil set and price list

Unlike fish, bugs and sea creatures, fossils in New Horizons are not seasonal, which means you can find any of the 73 fossils at any point of the year.

The only issue is that fossils you receive from assessment are randomly selected, which means that you may find yourself waiting a number of weeks simply to find one fossil. Thankfully, fossils are worth their weight in Bells and selling them can make you a healthy profit that you can reliably receive every day.


Below you'll find every fossil that you can excavate in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, including which fossils are part of which sets and the selling price for each fossil.

Fossil NamePriceSet
Acanthostega 2000 Stand alone fossil
Amber 1200 Stand alone fossil
Ammonite 1100 Stand alone fossil
Ankylo skull 3500 Ankylosaurus
Ankylo tail 2500 Ankylosaurus
Ankylo torso 3000 Ankylosaurus
Anomalocaris 2000 Stand alone fossil
Archaeopteryx 1300 Stand alone fossil
Archelon skull 4000 Archelon
Archelon tail 3500 Archelon
Australopith 1100 Stand alone fossil
Brachio chest 5500 Brachiosaurus
Brachio pelvis 5000 Brachiosaurus
Brachio skull 6000 Brachiosaurus
Brachio tail 5500 Brachiosaurus
Coprolite 1100 Stand alone fossil
Deinony tail 2500 Deinonychus
Deinony torso 3000 Deinonychus
Dimetrodon skull 5500 Dimetrodon
Dimetrodon torso 5000 Dimetrodon
Dinosaur track 1000 Stand alone fossil
Diplo chest 4000 Diplodocus
Diplo neck 4500 Diplodocus
Diplo pelvis 4500 Diplodocus
Diplo skull 5000 Diplodocus
Diplo tail 5000 Diplodocus
Diplo tail tip 4000 Diplodocus
Dunkleosteus 3500 Stand alone fossil
Eusthenopteron 2000 Stand alone fossil
Iguanodon skull 4000 Iguanodon
Iguanodon tail 3000 Iguanodon
Iguanodon torso 3500 Iguanodon
Juramaia 1000 Stand alone fossil
Left megalo side 4000 Megaloceros
Left ptera wing 4500 Pteranodon
Left quetzal wing 5000 Quetzalcoatlus
Mammoth skull 3000 Mammoth
Mammoth torso 2500 Mammoth
Megacero skull 4500 Megacerops
Megacero tail 3000 Megacerops
Megacero torso 3500 Megacerops
Myllokunmingia 1500 Stand alone fossil
Ophthalmo skull 2500 Ophthalmosaurus
Ophthalmo torso 2000 Ophthalmosaurus
Pachy skull 4000 Pachycephalosaurus
Pachy tail 3500 Pachycephalosaurus
Parasaur skull 3500 Parasaurolophus
Parasaur tail 2500 Parasaurolophus
Parasaur torso 3000 Parasaurolophus
Plesio skull 4000 Plesiosaurus
Plesio tail 4500 Plesiosaurus
Plesio torso 4500 Plesiosaurus
Ptera body 4000 Pteranodon
Quetzal torso 4500 Quetzalcoatlus
Right megalo side 5500 Megaloceros
Right ptera wing 4500 Pteranodon
Right quetzal wing 5000 Quetzalcoatlus
Sabertooth skull 2500 Sabertooth tiger
Sabertooth tail 2000 Sabertooth tiger
Shark-tooth pattern 1000 Stand alone fossil
Spino skull 4000 Spinosaurus
Spino tail 2500 Spinosaurus
Spino torso 5000 Spinosaurus
Stego skull 5000 Stegosaurus
Stego tail 4000 Stegosaurus
Stego torso 4500 Stegosaurus
T.Rex skull 6000 Tyrannosaurus rex
T.Rex tail 5000 Tyrannosaurus rex
T.Rex torso 5500 Tyrannosaurus rex
Tricera skull 5500 Triceratops
Tricera tail 4500 Triceratops
Tricera torso 5000 Triceratops
Trilobite 1300 Stand alone fossil

Other uses for 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 spare fossils at Nook's Cranny and, depending on which fossils you've found, you can earn a minimum of 4,000 Bells a day.

Fossils are a great way to earn some Bells!

Secondly, you can use fossils to decorate both your house and island.

Even if you don't have a complete fossil set, you can mix and match the larger fossil to create your own dinosaurs.

Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should.

Finally, if you have any spare unassessed fossil, you can use them in the DIY recipe for the Fossil doorplate.

To make the Fossil doorplate you need:

  • x1 Unassessed fossil
  • x2 Stone

This furniture item can be used to decorate the door of your house, a wall inside your house or you can give it to a villager, so they can place it on their door.

Good luck in your fossil hunting endeavours!

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