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Nether Fossil

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Nether Fossils
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Soul Sand Valley

Consists of

Bone Block

Nether fossils are fossils that generate in soul sand valleys.


Nether fossils generate randomly throughout the Nether in soul sand valleys.


Nether fossils are composed of bone blocks. Unlike regular fossils, they do not have a lowered structure integrity and no blocks are replaced with coal ore. They are made with the NBT structure block format and the NBT files for each fossil are stored in the folder minecraft.jar/data/minecraft/structures/nether_fossils.

There are 14 different variants of nether fossils:

Structure name Description Consists of Image
fossil_1 A vertical sternum. 12 Bone Block Nether fossil 1.png
fossil_2 A horizontal sternum. 10 Bone Block Nether fossil 2.png
fossil_3 Small partial ribcage. 6 Bone Block Nether fossil 3.png
fossil_4 Small ribcage structure. 6 Bone Block Nether fossil 4.png
fossil_5 One medium rib. 5 Bone Block Nether fossil 5.png
fossil_6 Large ribcage structure. 21 Bone Block Nether fossil 6.png
fossil_7 Three sets of large ribs. 18 Bone Block Nether fossil 7.png
fossil_8 One large rib. 6 Bone Block Nether fossil 8.png
fossil_9 Three ascending sets of medium ribs. 15 Bone Block Nether fossil 9.png
fossil_10 One large rib. 8 Bone Block Nether fossil 10.png
fossil_11 A horizontal sternum or "f". 12 Bone Block Nether fossil 11.png
fossil_12 Medium ribcage structure. 11 Bone Block Nether fossil 12.png
fossil_13 Three large ribs. 17 Bone Block Nether fossil 13.png
fossil_14 Large ribcage structure. 26 Bone Block Nether fossil 14.png


Java Edition
1.1620w06aAdded nether fossils.
20w11aNether fossils can now be located with /locate.
Bedrock Edition
1.16.0beta nether fossils.


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  • Nether Fossils are one of the five generated structures that never generate with loot chests (the others being swamp huts, overworld fossils, desert wells, and ocean monuments).
  • Fossils probably represent the remains of huge dead animals in the soul sand valley, which in fact seems similar to a pyroclastic deposit, or what remains of an imposing volcanic eruption, probably from the basalt deltas, which probably killed these animals.
  • They are fossils that do not generate with Coal Ore despite there being no nether coal ore existing in the game yet.

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