• Gold foil figures in focus

    Gold foil figures in focus A Scandinavian find group and related objects and images from ancient and medieval Europe edited by Alexandra Pesch and Michaela Helmbrecht

    Nearly four thousand tiny gold foil figures were found at significant archaeological sites in Scandinavia: a fascinating material from the 6th to 8th c. AD. They show anthropomorphic figures, both male and female and some with unclear gender, clothed and unclothed, singly or in pairs, very rarely animals. Some are elaborately designed, others are roughly cut. Despite copious research during the past decades, the function and meaning of the tiny foils is in many respects still an enigma.

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  • Life in the Devonian

    The Hunsrück Slate in south-western Germany belongs to the most important fossil deposits of the world. The sediments came into being in the former subtropical shallow sea during the Devonian age for more as 400 million years ago. Thanks to the special geologic conditions the Hunsrück Slate turned out to be a valuable “archive” with an exceptionally preserved and diverse fossil flora and fauna.

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  • Solnhofen

    Solnhofen – dieser Name ist weltberühmt sowohl durch die Verwendung seines Steins als Lithographiestein als auch durch die vorzüglich erhaltenen und ästhetisch ansprechenden Fossilien, die seit dem 16. Jahrhundert immer wieder das Interesse von Sammlern und Wissenschaftlern weckten.

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  • Las Hoyas: A Cretaceous Wetland

    At human scale, 25 years seems time enough to relate academic and scientific experiences. The particular experiences presented in this book are based, first of all, on the earliest works and research at Las Hoyas led by Prof. José Luis Sanz. This book honors him as a tribute to those early years of Las Hoyas, where, while admiring the beauty of its fossils, we all learned the huge diversity of Nature and, at the same time, how to handle a number of enthusiastic students, manage the collection, and ask for funds year after year.

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Verlag Dr. Friedrich Pfeil

Scientific publishing house

We are a scientific publishing house with the goal of presenting natural history and geoscientific contents in a comprehensible form to a broad circle of readers. From English-language books and journals to popular science guides and children‘s book, various directions are represented in the program.

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As a small family business we are very flexible and can react quickly to the wishes of our authors and readers.

Quality before profit

We produce high quality publications with a lot of attention to detail and still offer attractive sales prices, even for small editions.

International and interdisciplinary

We publish and distribute publications worldwide – as far as possible in German and English. We work internationally with authors and editors of various disciplines.


In addition to the classic distribution through bookshops and specialist trade, we have long been selling our publications in direct sales. In our new online shop you will find our entire range, from scientific standards and English-language technical books to scientific journals and book series, popular science guides to maps and postcards, school reports, textbooks and children‘s books.

Even if the market for German-language specialist books is small and English has established itself as the science language, the publishing house Dr. Friedrich Pfeil does not, if possible, go without a German edition in important books and publishes a German and an English version if necessary.

Due to our size and flexibility, we can also implement very small editions, which would be unprofitable in large publishing houses.

If a book is out of print, we try to make it available as an e-book at least, as we have the responsibility to make available and share knowledge.


Just as our authors come from all over the world, we also send books to almost every country in the world.


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We are a scientific publishing house with the aim of presenting natural and earth science content in a comprehensible form and interesting presentation to a broader readership. As a small family business, we maintain close personal contact with our authors from all over the world. We publish their publications with real dedication, lots of heart and enormous expertise. Very small, hardly profitable editions are found in our program as well as extensive and meaningful living works.

Dr. Friedrich Pfeil, himself a scientist and author, has a great deal of enormous effort with his small team in publishing advice, technical support for authors, and finally in the production of the respective work, and is convinced: „In this way the knowledge of an individual remains for many as a cultural property“.

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