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The ichthyosaurus is a two-part fossil that can be donated to the museum. It was introduced in City Folk, and is still present in New Leaf and can be collected by Happy Home Handbook in Happy Home Designer. The icthyosaur was replaced by the ophthalmosaurus in New Horizons.

The Ichthyosaurus is a branch of the ichthyosaur family - smaller than most other ichthyosaurs, it lived in the sea and ate squid. The first Icthyosaurus was discovered by 12-year-old Mary Anning, who also discovered the plesiosaur, Plesiosaurus.

Completing the Ichthyosaur[]

In City Folk[]

After donating all of the pieces of the ichthyosaur to the museum in City Folk, Blathers will give the player information on the creature with the following dialogue.

"The Ichthyosaurus appeared during the first days of the dinosaurs. It didn't live on land like other dinosaurs, but rather in the sea...even though it was a reptile, wot! It's particular charm lies in its dolphinlike frame, not to mention its large eyes. Indeed, those large eyes granted such fine eyesight, it could see easily in the dark! Like an owl, hoo!"

In New Leaf[]

In New Leaf, a plaque by the display offers information about the fossil instead of Blathers.

"Though they bear a striking visual similarity to dolphins, ichthyosaurs were reptiles rather than mammals. Interestingly, adult specimens have been found with juvenile bones inside their abdominal cavities. This suggests that rather than laying eggs, ichthyosaurs gave birth to live young in the water."

Unlock with Happy Home Handbook Lesson[]

In Happy Home Designer[]

After Day 9 in game, go to the saving place and sit down at your desk. Pick the "Study the handbook" option, you can complete "Ancient Fossils" lesson with 2 play coins. It adds 67 fossils and 20 models to your collection.

As a Furniture Item[]

Name HRA Points Feng Shui Genre Size (sq)
Icthyo Skull 1,000 Brown (x2) Retro 4
Icthyo Torso 1,000 Brown (x2) Retro 4

Further Information[]

Main article: Ichthyosaurus on Wikipedia

In other languages[]

Ichthyosaurus
Language Name Translation
Japan Japanese イクチオサウルス Ikuchiosaurusu -
France French Ichtyosaure -
Spain Spanish Ictiosaurio -
Germany German Ichthyosaurus -
Italy Italian Ittiosauro -
South Korea Korean 이크티오사우루스 Ikeutiosauruseu -



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