Animal Crossing: New Horizons Fossil Sales Guide

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, fossils are a valuable resource that can be sold for Bells or donated to the museum to complete your collection. This guide will help you understand how to find, identify, and sell fossils efficiently to maximize your profits.

Finding Fossils

  1. Daily Fossil Dig Spots:

    • Each day, four to six fossil dig spots appear randomly on your island.
    • Look for star-shaped cracks in the ground to identify fossil locations.
  2. Digging Up Fossils:

    • Equip your shovel and dig at the star-shaped spots to uncover fossils.
    • Collect all daily fossils to ensure a steady supply for selling or donating.
  3. Mystery Island Tours:

    • Use Nook Miles Tickets to visit Mystery Islands, where additional fossils can be found.
    • Dig up fossils on these islands to supplement your daily findings.

Identifying Fossils

  1. Blathers at the Museum:

    • Take your fossils to Blathers at the museum for identification.
    • Blathers will assess each fossil and inform you whether it is a new addition to the museum’s collection.
  2. Completing the Museum Collection:

    • Donate any new fossils to the museum to complete your fossil exhibit.
    • Once a fossil type has been donated, you can sell duplicates for Animal Crossing Bells.

Selling Fossils

  1. Selling to Nook’s Cranny:

    • After identifying fossils, take duplicates or any fossils you choose not to donate to Nook’s Cranny.
    • Timmy and Tommy will buy fossils at varying prices depending on their rarity and size.
  2. High-Value Fossils:

    • Some fossils are worth more Bells than others. Here are examples of high-value fossils:
      • T. Rex Skull: 6,000 Bells
      • Brachio Skull: 6,000 Bells
      • Spino Skull: 5,000 Bells
      • Ankylo Tail: 3,500 Bells
  3. Maximizing Profits:

    • Collect and sell fossils in bulk to make significant earnings in one trip.
    • Monitor which fossils fetch higher prices and prioritize selling those.

Fossil Selling Tips

  1. Keep Track of Donations:

    • Use your Critterpedia to track which fossils have been donated to the museum.
    • This helps ensure you do not accidentally sell a new fossil that could complete your museum collection.
  2. Regular Fossil Hunts:

    • Make fossil hunting a daily activity to maintain a steady flow of fossils for selling.
    • Explore all areas of your island, including cliffs and hidden spots, to find all daily fossils.
  3. Visit Friends’ Islands:

    • Trade fossils with friends to complete your collection faster.
    • Friends may have duplicate fossils you need and vice versa.

Additional Uses for Fossils

  1. Decorating Your Island:

    • Use fossils as unique decorations around your island.
    • Fossil displays can add a prehistoric touch to specific themed areas.
  2. Trading and Gifting:

    • Trade fossils with other players for items, furniture, or other resources.
    • Gift fossils to villagers to increase your friendship level with them.


Selling fossils in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a profitable and enjoyable activity. By understanding how to find, identify, and sell fossils efficiently, you can maximize your Bells earnings and enhance your island experience.

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