Animal Crossing New Horizons - All fossils and how to get them

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A player in the dinosaur fossils exhibit in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, there are many activities for a player to take part in as they turn their island into a paradise. When you start out, your initial goals will be to start a settlement, gather essential resources, and figure out where everything is on your island.

However, after you unlock the museum, it is many players' primary goal to fill the building up with as many specimens as possible. Completing collections of bugs, fish, art, and fossils is quite an achievement and one of the main reasons New Horizons is still being played in 2023.

This guide will explain how to collect fossils, what fossils are available, and how much they're all worth in bells in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

How to get fossils

A player holding a shovel about to dig a fossil spot in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
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Just like the prior Animal Crossing games, fossils in New Horizons can be found by digging up small, star-shaped spots that appear on the floor around your island. Equip your shovel and dig these spots to reveal a fossil. Although, it is possible these spots could conceal other items, such as Pitfall seeds.

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The fossil itself will initially be useless until it is assessed. To have it evaluated, talk to Blathers at the museum, who will reveal the fossil's identity and whether it is already a part of your collection.

On your island, up to five fossils will spawn per day. However, you can travel to a friend's island or a mystery island to find even more. If you're having particular trouble finding a specific fossil, you can always request to trade with friends too.


All fossils in New Horizons and their price

A player in the dinosaur fossils exhibit of the Museum in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
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Below, we have listed every fossil that there is to collect in Animal Crossing: New Horizons in alphabetical order, as well as their price in bells:

Fossil name Sell price in Bells
Amber 1200
Ammonite 1100
Ankylo Skull3500
Ankylo Tail2500
Ankylo Torso 3000
Anomalocaris 2000
Archaeopteryx 1300
Archelon Skull4000
Archelon Tail 3500
Australopith 1100
Brachio Chest5500
Brachio Pelvis5000
Brachio Skull6000
Brachio Tail5500
Coprolite 1100
Deinony Tail2500
Deinony Torso3000
Dimetrodon Skull5500
Dimetrodon Torso5000
Dinosaur Track1000
Diplo Chest4000
Diplo Neck4500
Diplo Pelvis4500
Diplo Skull5000
Diplo Tail4500
Diplo Tail Tip4000
Dunkleosteus 3500
Eusthenopteron 2000
Iguanodon Skull4000
Iguanodon Tail3000
Iguanodon Torso3500
Left Megalo Side4000
Left Ptera Wing4500
Left Quetzal Wing5000
Mammoth Skull3000
Mammoth Torso2500
Megacero Skull4500
Megacero Tail3000
Megacero Torso3500
Myllokunmingia 1500
Ophthalmo Skull2500
Ophthalmo Torso2000
Pachy Skull4000
Pachy Tail3000
Parasaur Skull3500
Parasaur Tail2500
Parasaur Torso3000
Plesio Torso4500
Plesio Skull 4000
Plesio Tail4500
Ptera Body4000
Quetzal Torso4500
Right Megalo Side5500
Right Ptera Wing4500
Right Quetzal Wing5000
Sabertooth Skull2500
Sabertooth Tail2000
Shark-Tooth Pattern1000
Spino Skull4000
Spino Tail2500
Spino Torso3000
Stego Skull5000
Stego Tail4000
Stego Torso4500
T. Rex Skull6000
T. Rex Tail5000
T. Rex Torso5500
Tricera Skull5500
Tricera Tail4500
Tricera Torso5000

That's all you need to know about completing your fossil collection in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. If you want to collect all the fish in the game for your museum, we recommend our tips for catching fish and sharks too. Alternatively, why not try to get the perfect island?

For more articles like this, take a look at our Animal Crossing New Horizons and Guides page.