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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.


Main article: /Structure

Nether fossils are composed of 5 to 27 bone blocks. Unlike regular fossils, they do not have a lowered structure integrity and no blocks are replaced with coal or diamond 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 Small ribs. 10 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 Medium ribcage structure. 24 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
September 28, 2019Nether fossils shown unnamed as part of soul sand valley biome at Minecon 2019.
1.1620w06aAdded nether fossils.
20w11aNether fossils can now be located with /locate.
Bedrock Edition
1.16.0beta nether fossils.


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