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Scientific name
Period(s) Frasnian - Famennian
Length ???
Selling price 3500 Bells
Main appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese ダンクルオステウス
Simplified Chinese 邓氏鱼
French Dunkléostéus
Spanish Dunkleosteo
Italian Dunkleosteus
Russian Дунклеостей

Korean 둔클레오스테우스
Traditional Chinese 鄧氏魚
Quebec French Dunkléostéus
Latin American Spanish Dunkleosteo
German Dunkleosteus
Dutch Dunkleosteus

The Dunkleosteus is a stand-alone fossil that can be donated to the museum in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Donating to the museum[edit]

In New Horizons[edit]

When donating to Blathers or selecting "Tell me about this!" in New Horizons, he will provide the following information about the fossil:

"The dunkleosteus flourished long before the dinosaurs and was a sort of armored fish. Curiously, only fossils for the head and shoulders have been found. We must simply imagine the rest! While its face was rather frightening, I like to picture a cute little tail and perhaps some fluffy paws on its fins. Such speculation is not scientific, of course, and essentially amounts to paleontological fan fiction. I own that."

The Dunkleosteus can be found in the first room of the fossil exhibit in the museum.

Real-world information[edit]

Dunkleosteus is a placoderm, or armored fish, from the Late Devonian period. It was the largest placoderm known, with some species reaching nearly 9 meters and weighing 4 tons, making it comparable in size to a female orca and significantly larger than a great white shark. It possessed a powerful jaw, able to open and close within 60 milliseconds and exert a bite force of 6000-7400 N (comparable to that of a T. rex). This has led many to speculate that Dunkleosteus fed on ammonites and other placoderms.

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