Worms and amphipods, along with other animals, use or bury the pellets, which Havens observed after preliminary experiments.
In a normal investigation it is customary to release a preliminary report as soon after the event as possible.
And preliminary reports suggest that thousands of irregularities have tainted the results.
1660s, from French préliminaire and directly from Medieval Latin praeliminaris, from Latin prae- "before" (see pre-) + limen (genitive liminis) "threshold" (see limit (n.)). A word that arose in reference to negotiations to end the Thirty Years' War. Earliest attested form in English is preliminaries (n.), 1650s.