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This page is part of IGN's Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2) Wiki Guide and details everything you need to know about finding all Dinosaur Bone locations for the A Test of Faith mission. In total, there are 30 dinosaur bones collectibles to find in RDR2, all of which have been hidden throughout the world. In order to start collecting Dinosaur Bones, you'll need to have found and spoken to the paleontologist, Deborah MacGuiness, who needs your helping finding their locations.

While you can find the RDR2 Dinosaur Bones without speaking to the paleontologist first and starting the A Test of Faith mission, we suggest making your way to her location as early as possible. This will allow you to start sending the bone locations to her as you discover them in exchange for rewards.

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Looking for dinosaur bones in a particular region or location? Click the links below to jump to...

  • The Heartlands Dinosaur Bone Locations
  • Cumberland Forest Dinosaur Bone Locations
  • Roanoke Ridge, New Hanover Dinosaur Bone Locations
  • Ambarino Dinosaur Bone Locations
  • West Elizabeth Dinosaur Bone Locations
  • New Austin Dinosaur Bone Locations

How to Find the Paleontologist in RDR2

To find the paleontologist, Deborah MacGuiness, head to the Heartlands, specifically south of the “H” in “Heartlands” on the map, and still a little south of the badger drawing. You should be prompted to find a Stranger in The Heartlands, southeast of the Horseshoe Overlook camp.

You’ll find Deborah unearthing a bone. After Arthur agrees to help her, you’ll give over the locations of any bones you’ve found, then she’ll be on her way. If you continue reading, you'll find all the Dinosaur Bone locations organized by region.

All Dinosaur Bone Rewards in RDR2

For every 15 RDR2 Dinosaur Bones collected, you will be rewarded with the following, alongside +5 Dead Eye XP:

Locations Mailed Reward
1Quartz Chunk
15 Skull Statue
30 Deborah MacGuiness' Invitation, Jawbow Knife

All Dinosaur Bone Locations in RDR2

Listed below is every Dinosaur Bone that is currently available to be found in Red Dead Redemption 2. Each map image has a dinosaur skull to mark where you'll find the bones in the region.

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Click or tap on the bone name for more details about where to find it

The Heartlands Dinosaur Bone Locations

There are six Dinosaur Bones in The Heartlands in RDR2:

  • Heartlands Cliff Face Bone Location
  • Heartlands Abandoned Shack Bone Location
  • Heartlands South Gorge Bone Location
  • Heartlands Oil Field Dinosaur Bone Location
  • Heartlands Grassy Hill Dinosaur Bone Location
  • Heartlands Northern Boundary Bone Location

Heartlands Cliff Face Dinosaur Bone

Heartlands Abandoned Shack Dinosaur Bone

Heartlands South Gorge Dinosaur Bone

Oil Derrick Dinosaur Bone

Grassy Field Dinosaur Bone

Heartlands Northern Boundary Dinosaur Bone

Cumberland Forest Dinosaur Bone Locations

There are two Dinosaur Bones in Cumberland Forest in RDR2:

  • Six Point Overlook Dinosaur Bone
  • Bacchus Station Dinosaur Bone Location

Six Point Overlook Dinosaur Bone

Bacchus Station Dinosaur Bone

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Roanoke Ridge, New Hanover Dinosaur Bone Locations

There are four Dinosaur Bones to be found in Roanoke Ridge:

  • Roanoke Ridge Overlook Bone Location
  • Roanoke Ridge Valley Overlook Bone Location
  • Roanoke Ridge Kamassa River Bone Location
  • Roanoke Ridge Van Horn Bone Location

Roanoke Ridge Overlook Dinosaur Bone

Roanoke Ridge Valley Overlook Dinosaur Bone

Roanoke Ridge Kamassa River Dinosaur Bone

Roanoke Ridge Van Horn Dinosaur Bone

Lemoyne

Scarlett Meadows, Lemoyne

There are two Dinosaur Bones in Scarlett Meadows, Lemoyne:

  • Heartlands Dewberry Creek Bone Location
  • Scarlett Meadows Dewberry Creek Bone Location

Heartlands Dewberry Creek Dinosaur Bone

Scarlett Meadows Dewberry Dinosaur Bone

Ambarino Dinosaur Bone Locations

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Grizzlies East, Ambarino

You'll find four Dinosaur Bones in Grizzlies East, Ambarino in RDR2:

  • Grizzlies Calumet Ravine Bone Location
  • Grizzlies Dakota River Ledge Bone Location
  • Grizzlies Northern Boundary Bone Location
  • Grizzlies O'Creagh's Run Overlook Bone Location

Grizzlies Calumet Ravine Dinosaur Bone

Grizzlies Dakota River Ledge Dinosaur Bone

Grizzlies Northern Boundary Dinosaur Bone

Grizzlies O'Creagh's Run Overlook Dinosaur Bone

Grizzlies West, Ambarino

There is one Dinosaur Bone to find in Grizzlies West, Ambarino:

  • Grizzlies Rock Wall Bone Location

Grizzlies Rock Wall Dinosaur Bone

West Elizabeth Dinosaur Bone Locations

Big Valley, West Elizabeth

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There are three Dinosaur Bones to discover in Big Valley, West Elizabeth:

  • Big Valley Rocky Slope Bone Location
  • Big Valley Beryl's Dream Overlook Bone Location
  • Big Valley Northern Cave Bone Location

Big Valley Rocky Slope Dinosaur Bone

Big Valley Beryl's Dream Overlook Dinosaur Bone

Big Valley Northern Cave Dinosaur Bone

New Austin Dinosaur Bone Locations

Hennigan's Stead

You'll find two Dinosaur Bones in Hennigan's Stead in New Austin:

  • Hennigan's Stead Pike's Basin Bone Location
  • Hennigan's Stead San Luis River Bone Location

Hennigan's Stead Pike's Basin Dinosaur Bone

Hennigan's Stead San Luis River Dinosaur Bone

Cholla Springs

There are two Dinosaur Bones to be discovered in Cholla Springs in New Austin in Red Dead Redemption 2:

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  • Cholla Springs High Desert Bone Location
  • Cholla Springs Jorge's Gap Bone Location

Cholla Springs High Desert Dinosaur Bone

Cholla Springs Jorge's Gap Dinosaur Bone

Gaptooth Ridge

You'll discover two Dinosaur Bones in Gaptooth Ridge:

  • Gaptooth Ridge North Tumbleweed Bone Location
  • Gaptooth Ridge South Tumbleweed Bone Location

Gaptooth Ridge North Tumbleweed Dinosaur Bone

Gaptooth Ridge South Tumbleweed Dinosaur Bone

Rio Bravo

Rio Bravo has two Dinosaur Bones to find in RDR2:

  • Rio Bravo Del Lobo Rock Bone Location
  • Rio Bravo San Luis River Bone Location

Rio Bravo Del Lobo Rock Dinosaur Bone

Rio Bravo San Luis River Dinosaur Bone

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All Dinosaur Bone Locations and Rewards - Red Dead Redemption 2 Guide - IGN? ›

You'll find a letter from your archaeologist pal inviting you to meet her northeast of Valentine. Visit the new quest marker that pops up on the map, and once you get there, Deborah will show you the completed dino skeleton. She even rewards you with a special Bone Knife for all your intrepid dino detective work.

What is the reward for all the dinosaur bones in RDR2? ›

You'll find a letter from your archaeologist pal inviting you to meet her northeast of Valentine. Visit the new quest marker that pops up on the map, and once you get there, Deborah will show you the completed dino skeleton. She even rewards you with a special Bone Knife for all your intrepid dino detective work.

What happens when you find all 30 dinosaur bones in RDR2? ›

After dropping off 15 locations, she'll send you back a Skull Statue, which is a unique valuable you can sell. After finding them all, she'll invite you to see the fruits of your labor as well as offer you a special Knife.

How many dinosaur bones can you get as Arthur? ›

Red Dead Redemption 2 Dinosaur Bones rewards

There are 30 Dinosaur Bones in total and you will get rewards for reaching certain milestones.

Can you get all dinosaur bones as John? ›

Because many dinosaur bones are in the regions which cannot be accessed by Arthur Morgan, only John Marston is able to complete the mission.

What do you get for finding all dinosaur bones? ›

All Dinosaur Bone Rewards in RDR2
Locations MailedReward
1Quartz Chunk
15Skull Statue
30Deborah MacGuiness' Invitation, Jawbow Knife
Oct 26, 2018

What is the rarest thing in rdr2? ›

Players can find evidence of Bigfoot's existence near Mount Shann, and uncover the disturbing story of a serial killer at Lucky's Cabin. There are hidden encounters with the Devil's Impostor and a vampire in the game, but the rarest event is getting struck by lightning.

Where is the 7th dinosaur bone in RDR2? ›

In order to find the Kamassa River Dinosaur Bone, simply head to the top of the cliff that is just East of the "I" in Kamassa River. Once at the top, take a look over the edge and you will find the bone sitting on the rocky floor of the second level of the cliff.

How many 100% complete dinosaur skeletons have been found? ›

Answer and Explanation: Paleontologists have never found a complete dinosaur skeleton. Often, part of the skeleton is missing, either because the bones were washed away during deposition or because changes in the Earth and tectonic forces destroyed some of the remains.

Is the totalisaurus real? ›

After the player delivers all 30 Dinosaur bones, a newspaper article reveals what had transpired after: Deborah MacGuiness had presented her Dinosaur called the “Totalisaurus”; many scientists and archaeologists were awed by her discovery; however, just as many were not impressed, as they believe that her “dinosaur” ...

Can you get Arthur's horse? ›

Unfortunately not. When Arthur dies,he will lose all horses that he owned, even Buell. I already tried that.

Is there a 100% complete T. rex skeleton? ›

The entire skeleton, now known as the Wankel T. rex, was excavated and displayed at the Museum of the Rockies. In 2013 it was prepared for its journey to Washington, D.C., where it is on loan to the National Museum of Natural History for the next 50 years. It is one of the most complete skeletons of T.

How many legendary fish can Arthur catch? ›

In order to complete the Legendary Fish quest 'Fisher of Fish', you'll need to lure and catch all 13 specimens. However, you'll also need to mail every one to Mr Gill in order to properly check them off.

Does John get Arthur's journal? ›

In the epilogue, John Marston inherits Arthur's journal along with the rest of his belongings, and you notice the tone shift immediately. John does fewer missions, and uses it as more of a compendium, so we don't get long, detailed write-ups of recent events.

Can you do rock carvings as Arthur? ›

There are ten strange rock carvings for Arthur to go and discover in RDR2. There are ten Rock Carving locations for you to visit throughout the Red Dead Redemption 2 map, most of which are high up in the more mountainous regions of the western United States - and here's where to find them.

Can you do brother Dorkins as John? ›

There are a few Stranger Missions / Activities that can never be done by John - Brother Dorkins, Dorothy Wicklow, Mother Superior Calderón, final mission with Beau & Penelope. Certain stranger missions cannot be done with John as they would be canon with Arthur. Eg, Brother Dorkins, Debts, Hamish Sinclair, etc.

What is the reward for the dream catchers in rdr2? ›

The reward for getting the Dreamcatchers is to go to a cave hidden past a waterfall in the Elysian Pool, where the book that Arthur managed to sketch leads. Here, you will find a cave painting, examine its eye in order to get an arrowhead that increases your stamina while using a bow twofold.

What's the rarest legendary animal in rdr2? ›

After killing 15, it will read, "The Carolina Parakeet population is dwindling and is facing extinction." Finally, when 25 are shot down, it will read, "The Carolina Parakeet species has been wiped from the face of the Earth," and the birds will no longer spawn.

What happens when you find all the Rock Carvings in RDR2? ›

Once you have completed all ten of the Rock Carvings and read Francis Sinclair's Invitation Letter, you can visit him at his cabin to receive an Old Brass Compass.

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