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Fossil Skull 1.pngFossil Skull 2.pngFossil Skull 3.pngFossil Skull 4.png
Fossil Spine 1.pngFossil Spine 2.pngFossil Spine 3.pngFossil Spine 4.png

Deserts and Swamps

Consists of

A fossil is the apparent remains of a giant prehistoric creature.


Fossils randomly generate 15–24 blocks (i.e., at y-coordinates from 40 to 49) underground in Overworld (deserts, swamps, and their variants). Each chunk has a 164 chance to generate a fossil. They may generate as one of the four variants of skull or one of the four variants of spine.


Fossils are composed of bone blocks, with random blocks removed and some of them replaced with coal ore. They were made with NBT structure block format and they have NBT files of different types of fossils in minecraft.jar/data/minecraft/structures/fossils.

Structure name Description Consists of Images
skull_1 The largest skull. 86 Bone Block Fossil Skull 1.png
skull_1_coal Skull_1 being petrified. 86 Coal Ore
skull_2 The second largest skull. 75 Bone Block Fossil Skull 2.png
skull_2_coal Skull_2 being petrified. 75 Coal Ore
skull_3 The second smallest skull. 58 Bone Block Fossil Skull 3.png
skull_3_coal Skull_3 being petrified. 58 Coal Ore
skull_4 The smallest skull, one-eyed. 32 Bone Block Fossil Skull 4.png
skull_4_coal Skull_4 being petrified. 32 Coal Ore
spine_1 The narrowest spine. 37 Bone Block Fossil Spine 1.png
spine_1_coal Spine_1 being petrified. 37 Coal Ore
spine_2 The second narrowest spine. 61 Bone Block Fossil Spine 2.png
spine_2_coal Spine_2 being petrified. 61 Coal Ore
spine_3 The second widest spine. 97 Bone Block Fossil Spine 3.png
spine_3_coal Spine_3 being petrified. 97 Coal Ore
spine_4 The widest spine. 121 Bone Block Fossil Spine 4.png
spine_4_coal Spine_4 being petrified. 121 Coal Ore


May 13, 2016ProfMobius tweets an image of the new structure blocks in action, generating what appears to be a fossil made of quartz.
Java Edition
1.1016w20aAdded fossils.
Upcoming Java Edition
September 28, 2019Teased the soul sand valley as part of the Nether Update at MINECON Live 2019, which appeared to have fossils as one of the structures that generate there.
Pocket Edition
1.1.3alpha fossils.
Legacy Console Edition
TU43CU331.36Patch 13Added fossils.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
1.9.19Added fossils.


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