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Scientific name
Sections Apato Skull
Apato Tail
Apato Torso
Period(s) Late Jurassic
Length 68.9 feet (21 meters)
Selling price Skull: 5,000 Bells
Tail: 4,000 Bells
Torso: 4,500 Bells
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The Apatosaurus is a three-part fossil that can be donated to the museum in every Animal Crossing series game except for Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Completing at the museum[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]

"At long last... Apatosaurus is complete! Tremendous! Striking! Massive in every sense of the word! Hoo, I say, hootie hoo! What a truly glorious find! My cup runneth over! Now let me see here... Where shall I begin? Apatosaurus... Hmmm... It lived in the late Jurassic period, and was a member of the diplodocid family of long-necked sauropods. You may be more familiar with the name brontosaurus, though that is a separate species of the same genus. It grew to some 70 feet in length. It had a small head, a long, thick neck, and an amazing whip-like tail, wot! Cra-ack! Whup-pshh! Oh, dear! Awfully sorry! I was envisioning myself with a massive tail! Hoo hoo!"

In Wild World[edit]

"The apatosaur was once called a brontosaur, I'll have you know. It is well known for having a rather long neck and tail and for being an herbivore. However, it appears that, unlike the giraffe, it could not make its neck vertical! Yes, blood flow, you see. If it straightened more than 90 degrees, it might faint! Ah. Hoo. Terribly sorry. If I kept speaking at that rate, I might have fainted!"

In City Folk[edit]

"...Ah, hoo, let's see now. Yes! The apatosaurus is complete! Hoo hoo huzzah! What a vision it will be! The apatosaurus was once called a brontosaurus, as you may be aware. Both its neck and its tail were extremely long, making for a huge, herbivorous dinosaur... In fact, thanks to how large and weighty their bodies were, they often lived in lakes and swamps, eh wot? Their nostrils were located on their foreheads-- perhaps that helped! HOO! I...beg your pardon! I was so enthralled, I... I spouted hot air like a boiling teapot, eh wot?"

In New Leaf[edit]

"With its impossibly long neck and tail, many questions exist regarding the lifestyle of the apatosaurus. Herbivorous dinosaurs tended to have larger digestive tracts than carnivorous dinosaurs. This distinction is what usually accounted for the thicker body, which the apatosaurus had. You might hear it called a brontosaurus, though this name is scientifically redundant."

Further information[edit]

Apatosaurus was a herbivorous sauropod dinosaur that lived in North America during the Late Jurassic period. It reached over 20 meters long and weighed around 20 tons, although some specimens have been estimated to be even larger. Despite its size, its diet appears to have consisted primarily of ground-level plants.

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As a furniture item[edit]

Name HRA Points Feng Shui Genre Size (sq)
Apato Skull 1,000 Brown (x2) Old School (WW)
Retro (CF)
Quirky (NL)
Apato Tail 1,000 Brown (x2) Old School (WW)
Retro (CF)
Quirky (NL)
Apato Torso 1,000 Brown (x2) Old School (WW)
Retro (CF)
Quirky (NL)


In all games this fossil appears in, Blathers references that Brontosaurus excelsus, first described in 1879, was reclassified in 1903 as an Apatosaurus due to its similarities with earlier specimens. However, in 2015, new studies seemed to find enough differences between the two and suggested Brontosaurus be reconsidered a valid genus. These findings have stirred some controversy in the paleontological community.

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