Players do a lot of digging in Minecraft. But despite all that digging, you never encounter fossils, bones, or other artifacts underground. If you started excavating hillsides in the real world, you would probably encounter some tools or bones eventually. So why don’t you find anything in Minecraft?
Well, that’s a problem that one team of modders seeks to solve. The Fossil/Archaeology mod for Minecraft adds special types of blocks to your Minecraft world. Those blocks include:
-Fossils: Fossils closely resemble stone blocks, although they do look slightly different. They are also harder than stone. When breaking a fossil block apart, players will find bio-fossils, relics, bones, skulls, broken swords, and scarab gems (although scarab gems are incredibly rare).
-Permafrost and iced-stones: Along with fossil blocks, players will encounter permafrost and iced-stones underground. These stones also contain organic matter from ancient times and can be broken down (or brought into direct sunlight) to allow players to see what’s inside.
-Skulls and Skull Lanterns: Many years ago, an ancient civilization lived in your Minecraft world. Today, skulls are all that remain of that civilization. You’ll find skulls while digging underground. And although they look like authentic skulls when you first dig them up, these blocks will light up like Jack O Lanterns when you place a torch inside of them. You can also change skulls into bone meal.
-Analyzer: Ready to figure out what kind of fossils you dug up? You’ll need the Analyzer to do that. The Analyzer identifies the bio-fossils and relics you picked up when breaking apart fossil blocks. The Analyzer also restores relics into stoneboards, which can contain a message from the ancient civilization. Cool!
-Cultivate: Sometimes, when you’re breaking apart fossil blocks and putting the pieces through your Analyzer, you will encounter DNA. DNA is a very special thing to find in fossils because it allows you to use the Cultivate tool to turn this DNA into living creatures. We’ll talk about the types of living creatures you can make in a moment. But if something goes wrong with the Cultivate tool, you can expect to deal with a “monster outbreak.”
-Archaeology Workbench: This workbench makes the broken items and weapons you find underground usable. If you find a broken sword, for example, then the workbench will turn that sword into usable equipment. The process isn’t instant, and it can take quite a bit of time for the workbench to successfully recreate a sword.
This mod adds over a dozen types of dinosaurs and ancient creatures into the game, making it far more than a simple archaeology mod. Those new creatures include:
-Anu (a ZombiePigman Emperor)
This mod is exceptionally deep. It’s not strictly a creature mod, nor is it just an archeology or ancient weapons mod. Instead, it adds an entirely new dynamic into the Minecraft world. If you want your underground digging efforts to be rewarded with fossils and other cool materials, then the Fossil/Archaeology mod is well worth a download.
How to install the Fossil/Archaeology Mod for Minecraft 1.7.4/1.7.2/1.6.4
Step 1) Download and install Minecraft Forge
Step 2) Download the mod’s folder (mod_Fossil.zip) from this forum thread
Step 3) Unzip the folder and drag it into the .minecraft/mods folder
Step 4) Check to make sure mods/mod_Fossil folder has class files directly inside and do not keep mod_Fossil.zip inside the mods folder
Step 5) Start playing and enjoy!