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By when I mean at what point in the story line, like "after the 3rd Gym" or something, and where is obvious. Thanks!

I was gonna answer this but I'm too lazy it would take too long lol
Also, not a full answer, but this help you: https://nintendo.fandom.com/wiki/List_of_Pok%C3%A9mon_fossils
I can't follow links, but thanks anyway.

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In Red, Blue, Yellow, Firered, and Leafgreen, you obtain either the Helix Fossil or the Dome Fossil after fighting a Super Nerd in Mt. Moon. The Old Amber can be obtained from a scientist in the back room of the Pewter City Museum of Science. (All after Brock, I think).

In Gold, Silver, and Crystal, you can’t obtain fossils and will have to trade them over from Gen 1. However, you can get Aerodactl in exchange for Chansey in an in-game trade on Route 14.

In Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire, you can obtain the either the Claw Fossil or the Root Fossil on Route 111 (after Wattson’s gym, I think?)

Additionally, in ORAS, you can obtain any fossil at Mirage Spots save for the Sail and Jaw Fossils, which must be transferred from X/Y. The Dome, Armor, and Plume Fossils are exclusive to Omega Ruby and the Helix, Skull, and Cover Fossils are exclusive to Alpha Sapphire. The Old Amber can be obtained regardless of version.

In Emerald, you can get the other fossil at the end of the Desert Underpass (after becoming champion).

In Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum... I think this quote can explain it better than I can:

The player can obtain the Armor and Skull Fossil from the Sinnoh Underground. The Armor Fossil isn't in Pokémon Diamond and the Skull Fossil isn't in Pokémon Pearl. In Pokémon Platinum, you can find Armor if your trainer ID is an even number and a Skull Fossil if the trainer ID is an odd number.

(The Underground is a minigame/internet thing available anytime after reaching Eterna City)

In Black and White, you can receive either the Cover Fossil or the Plume Fossil from a guy in Relic Castle. After defeating Ghetsis, a Worker in Twist Mountain will give away fossils from previous generations; one per day.

In Black 2 and White 2, Lenora gives out the fossils instead, and the Worker will start giving away previous fossils after you beat Iris.

In Johto's Generation IV games, the Dome(SS) and Helix(HG) Fossils as well as the Old Amber can be found randomly by smashing breakable rocks outside Ruins of Alph. Root(SS) and Claw(HG) Fossils can be found randomly by smashing breakable rocks in the Cliff Cave after entering the Hall of Fame. Fossils found in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver can be revived as level 20 Pokémon at the Pewter Museum of Science. The Skull and Armor Fossils are absent from both games, so either they, or the Pokémon revived from them, must be transferred from Diamond, Pearl, or Platinum.

In X and Y, you can obtain either the Sail Fossil or the Jaw Fossil at the end of Glittering Cave (between bug and rock gym). In that same cave, smashing rocks can give you the Old Amber (yes, you can get multiple).

The other fossils can be obtained there after completing the game. Skull, Armor, Cover and Plume fossils are available in both games but the Claw & Root fossils are exclusive to X and Dome & Helix fossils are exclusive to Y.

In Sun and Moon (and presumably Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, idk the source doesn’t mention it) you can purchase Fossils for 7000 each at Olivia’s Stone shop in Konikoni City (between Mallow’s trial and Olivia’s Grand Trial). You can get the Skull and Cover Fossils in Sun and the Armor and Plume Fossils in Moon. You can buy one of each.

In Sword and Shield,

The fossils in this game are first found on Route 6 hidden along the route. In Sword, the player can find a pair Fossilized Dinos and Fossilized Birds hidden in different parts of the route. In Shield, the player can find a pair Fossilized Drakes and Fossilized Fishes hidden in different parts of the route. More fossils can be found with the Digging Duo on Bridge Field in the Wild Area. Birds and Dinos are more common in Sword while Drakes and Fishes are more common in Shield but, they are all available in both games.

Sauce (thanks, PKT, even if it’s unreliable). Also Bulbapedia.

If anything is still unsatisfactory, please let me know!

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No prob im to lazy to answer lol
This was great, only one thing, could you please add when these places become available(the when) and also include where the ingame trade for the Aeryodactl is. Other than that, this was great. If you do this, I'll upvote this as well.
Also, where is your trainer ID, is it in the Player section? You know the section that's named after whatever your name is?
The trainer ID is shown on the Pokémon Summary Screen; not sure about the Player section but it would make sense.

> A Pokémon Trainer's ID number (Japanese: IDNo.) is a number that is assigned to a Trainer when they begin their Pokémon journey. It is shown in the Pokémon's summary. It is used, in conjunction with the Trainer's name and gender, to identify whether the Pokémon is an outsider Pokémon by the games.

Sauce: https://m.bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Trainer_ID_number
"In Heartgold, Soulsilver, Black, White, Black 2, and White 2, fossils cannot be obtained and must be transferred over from a previous game."
Me when Archen and Tirtouga do not exist
Use a reliable source. I wouldn't trust 90% of Fandom wikis.
I thought something was missing, please add this as well.
Well dAMN IT
Thanks, I upvoted, and it looks great now.