Fossil

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A player digging up a fossil in Animal Crossing.

Fossils are the preserved remains of a prehistoric plant or animal, encased in rock over thousands of years. Fossils in the Animal Crossing series can be found on occasion around the player's town, buried under the soil with a tell-tale crack in the ground above it. Unidentified fossils can be dug up with a shovel; it can be taken to the museum or mailed for identification, sold, placed in a house, or discarded.

In Animal Crossing and Doubutsu no Mori e+, the fossils must each be individually mailed to the Farway Museum, which is located outside the player's town, for identification. In Animal Crossing: Wild World, Animal Crossing: City Folk and Animal Crossing: New Leaf, it can be identified by Blathers, the curator, free of charge. Upon being identified, it can be donated or returned to the player's inventory. In Wild World, there are 52 fossils to be collected, all forming a part of a dinosaur, early mammal, aquatic reptile, or an entire, yet smaller, fossil. After being completed, Blathers gives a small talk on the finished fossil, while the fossil itself has its scientific name and the period in history that it lived in written next to the exhibit.

On average, players can find three fossils in their town per day, provided there is enough space for them to spawn. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, four fossils tend to spawn each day. Other items such as pitfall seeds may also be buried underground.

Fossils as furniture items[edit]

Fossils may also be displayed in the player's house and provide large boosts for HRA scoring and the player's bell funds. Stand alone fossils (trilobite, egg, amber, etc.) provide small boosts, skulls provide a big boost, and a completed skeleton gives the highest boost. As furniture, all fossils have either Old School (Wild World), Retro (City Folk), or Quirky (New Leaf) genres. If players have all the parts of a fossil, they can optionally take it to Cyrus and have him shrink the fossil to a mini figure that takes only one square and can be displayed on a table.

Multi-part fossils[edit]

Name Sell Price HRA Points Feng Shui Size (sq) Game(s)
Ankylosaurus
Ankylo Skull 3,500 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 WW, CF, NL, HHD
Ankylo Tail 2,500 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 WW, CF, NL, HHD
Ankylo Torso 3,000 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 WW, CF, NL, HHD
Apatosaurus
Apato Skull 5,000 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 AC, WW, CF, NL, HHD
Apato Tail 4,000 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 AC, WW, CF, NL, HHD
Apato Torso 4,500 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 AC, WW, CF, NL, HHD
Archelon
Archelon Skull 4,000 ??? Brown (x2) 4 NL, HHD
Archelon Torso 3,500 ??? Brown (x2) 4 NL, HHD
Dimetrodon
Dimetrodon Skull 5,500 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 WW, CF, NL, HHD
Dimetrodon Tail 4,500 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 WW, CF, NL, HHD
Dimetrodon Torso 5,000 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 WW, CF, NL, HHD
Diplodocus
Diplo Chest 4,500 ??? Brown (x2) 4 NL, HHD
Diplo Hip 4,000 ??? Brown (x2) 4 NL, HHD
Diplo Neck 5,000 ??? Brown (x2) 4 NL, HHD
Diplo Skull 5,000 ??? Brown (x2) 4 NL, HHD
Diplo Tail 4,500 ??? Brown (x2) 4 NL, HHD
Ichthyosaur
Icthyo Skull 2,500 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 CF, NL, HHD
Icthyo Torso 2,000 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 CF, NL, HHD
Iguanodon
Iguanodon Skull 4,000 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 WW, CF, NL, HHD
Iguanodon Tail 3,000 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 WW, CF, NL, HHD
Iguanodon Torso 3,500 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 WW, CF, NL, HHD
Mammoth
Mammoth Skull 3,000 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 AC, WW, CF, NL, HHD
Mammoth Torso 2,500 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 AC, WW, CF, NL, HHD
Megacerops
Megacero Skull 4,500 ??? Brown (x2) 4 NL, HHD
Megacero Tail 3,000 ??? Brown (x2) 4 NL, HHD
Megacero Torso 3,500 ??? Brown (x2) 4 NL, HHD
Pachycephalosaurus
Pachy Skull 4,000 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 WW, CF, NL, HHD
Pachy Tail 3,000 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 WW, CF, NL, HHD
Pachy Torso 3,500 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 WW, CF, NL, HHD
Parasaur
Parasaur Skull 3,500 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 WW, CF, NL, HHD
Parasaur Tail 2,500 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 WW, CF, NL, HHD
Parasaur Torso 3,500 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 WW, CF, NL, HHD
Plesiosaur
Plesio Neck 4,500 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 AC, WW, CF, NL, HHD
Plesio Skull 4,500 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 AC, WW, CF, NL, HHD
Plesio Torso 4,500 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 AC, WW, CF, NL, HHD
Pteranodon
Ptera Body 4,000 1,000 Brown (x2) 2 WW
Ptera Left Wing 4,500 1,000 Brown (x2) 2 AC, WW, CF, NL, HHD
Ptera Right Wing 4,500 1,000 Brown (x2) 2 AC, WW, CF, NL, HHD
Ptera Skull 4,000 1,000 Brown (x2) 2 AC, WW, CF, NL, HHD
Sabertooth Tiger
Sabertooth Skull 2,500 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 WW, CF, NL, HHD
Sabertooth Torso 2,000 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 WW, CF, NL, HHD
Seismosaur
Seismo Chest 4,500 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 WW, CF
Seismo Hip 4,000 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 WW, CF
Seismo Skull 5,000 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 WW, CF
Seismo Tail 4,500 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 WW, CF
Stegosaur
Stego Skull 5,000 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 AC, WW, CF, NL, HHD
Stego Tail 4,000 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 AC, WW, CF, NL, HHD
Stego Torso 4,500 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 AC, WW, CF, NL, HHD
Spinosaurus
Spino Skull 4,500 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 NL, HHD
Spino Tail 4,000 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 NL, HHD
Spino Torso 5,000 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 NL, HHD
Styracosaurus
Styraco Skull 3,500 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 CF, NL, HHD
Styraco Tail 2,500 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 CF, NL, HHD
Styraco Torso 3,000 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 CF, NL, HHD
Triceratops
Tricera Skull 5,500 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 AC, WW, CF, NL, HHD
Tricera Tail 4,500 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 AC, WW, CF, NL, HHD
Tricera Torso 5,000 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 AC, WW, CF, NL, HHD
Tyrannosaurus Rex
T-Rex Skull 6,000 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 AC, WW, CF, NL, HHD
T-Rex Tail 5,000 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 AC, WW, CF, NL, HHD
T-Rex Torso 5,500 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 AC, WW, CF, NL, HHD
Velociraptor
Raptor Skull 3,000 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 CF, NL, HHD
Raptor Torso 2,500 1,000 Brown (x2) 4 CF, NL, HHD

Stand-alone fossils[edit]

Name Sell Price HRA Points Feng Shui Size (sq) Game(s)
Amber 1,200 300 Orange/Brown 1 AC, WW, CF, NL, HHD
Ammonite 1,100 300 Gray/Brown 1 AC, WW, CF, NL, HHD
Archaeopteryx 1,300 300 Brown (x2) 1 WW, CF, NL, HHD
Coprolite
'Dino Droppings' in Wild World
1,100 300 Gray/Brown 1 WW, CF, NL, HHD
Dinosaur Egg 1,400 300 Gray/Brown 1 AC, WW, CF, NL, HHD
Dinosaur Track 1,000 300 Gray/Brown 1 AC, WW, CF, NL, HHD
Fern Fossil 1,000 300 Gray/Brown 1 WW, CF, NL, HHD
Peking Man 1,100 300 Gray/Brown 1 WW, CF, NL, HHD
Shark Tooth 1,000 300 Gray/Brown 1 WW, CF, NL, HHD
Trilobite 1,300 300 Gray/Brown 1 AC, WW, CF, NL, HHD

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