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The deinonychus is a two-part fossil that can be donated to the museum in New Horizons.

Donation to the museum[]

In New Horizons[]

Upon donation or selecting "Tell me more about this!", Blathers the curator will say:

"Ahem... Yes, you may not have heard of Deinonychus, but you may have heard of its cousin, the Velociraptor. Both were predators distinguished by their frightening huge toe claws. They also likely had feathers. The main difference between them? Size. Deinonychus was about seven feet tall and weighed 160 pounds. Little Velociraptor, on the other wing, was a compact two feet tall and weighed only about 33 pounds! I've heard that people meeting celebrities are often surprised at how short they are in person!"

The deinonychus is displayed on the right side of the second fossil room, between the spinosaurus and the archaeopteryx.


Further information[]

Main article: Deinonychus on Wikipedia

Deinonychus is an extent genus of dinosaur that lived during the Early Cretaceous Period, about 115-108 million years ago. Most fossils have been found in the north-central United States, particularly in Montana, Oklahoma, Wyoming, and Utah. It is the close relative of the Velociraptor, another fossil featured in the Animal Crossing series. Evidence shows that like Velociraptor, Deinonychus had feathers and large claws on its hind legs, which they used during hunting.

In other languages[]

Language Name Translation
Japan Japanese デイノニクス Deinonikusu -
France French Déinonychus -
Spain Spanish Deinonico -
Germany German Deinonychus -
Italy Italian Deinonico -
The Netherlands Dutch Deinonychus -
Russia Russian Дейноних Deynonikh -
China Chinese 恐爪龙/恐爪龍 kǒngzhǎolóng -
South Korea Korean 데이노니쿠스 Deinonikuseu -

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