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The megaloceros is a fossil made up of two parts that can be donated to the museum in New Horizons.

Donation to the museum[]

In New Horizons[]

In New Horizons, upon donation or selecting "Tell me more about this!", Blathers will say:

"The Megaloceros was a relative of the deer that lived during the Ice Age, long after the dinosaurs. It was also known as "megaloceros giganteus"...which just means "deer with large horns." True to their name, they were deer with antlers spanning roughly 10 feet across! Imagine the majesty! While smaller than many dinosaurs, they were nonetheless a very charismatic example of megafauna."

The megaloceros can be found in the third room of the fossil exhibit, suggesting it shares a recent common ancestor with Deer villagers.



  • The megaloceros is the only fossil in the series to be split down the sagittal plane (down the middle); all other fossils are split into transverse parts (several segments along their length).

Further information[]

Main article: Megaloceros on Wikipedia

The Megaloceros was a genus of deer that lived 2.6 million years ago to 7,700 years ago across Eurasia. Although there were several species of Megaloceros, in-game text suggests the Animal Crossing series fossil belongs to Megaloceros giganteus, the largest and most well-known of the Megaloceroses. Also known as the "giant elk" or "Irish deer/elk", Megaloceros giganteus lived about 400,000 to 7,700 years ago, and its range spanned from modern-day Ireland to China. It stood about 6.9 ft (2.1 m) tall, and its antlers could grow up to 12 ft (3.65 m) long. This deer was contemporary with modern-day humans (Homo sapiens sapiens) and appears in folklore and cave art across Europe.

In other languages[]

Language Name Translation
Japan Japanese メガロケロス Megarokerosu -
France French -
Spain Spanish -
Germany German Riesenhirsch -
Italy Italian Megalocero -
The Netherlands Dutch Reuzenhert -
Russia Russian Гигантский олень Gigantskiy olen' -
China Chinese 大角鹿 dàjiǎolù -
South Korea Korean ' -

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