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The bird one has been posted before, but I can't remember if the abstract
was included:
1
UI  - VA251
AU  - Padian K
TI  - Evolution of flight - Early bird in slow motion.
LA  - English
RF  - Editorial
AD  - Padian K, Univ Calif Berkeley, Museum Paleontol, 
      Berkeley,CA 94720 USA
SO  - Nature 1996 AUG 1;382(6590):400-401

2
UI  - VA251
AU  - Sanz JL
AU  - Chiappe LM
AU  - PerezMoreno BP
AU  - Buscalioni AD
AU  - Moratalla JJ
AU  - Ortega F
AU  - PoyatoAriza FJ
TI  - An Early Cretaceous bird from Spain and its implications 
      for the evolution of avian flight.
LA  - English
RF  - Article
AD  - Sanz JL, Univ Autonoma Madrid, Fac Ciencias, Dept Biol, 
      Unidad Paleontol, E 28049 Madrid, SPAIN
AB  - AVIAN flight is one of the most remarkable achievements of 
      vertebrate evolution, yet there is little evidence of its 
      early phases. Specimens of Archaeopteryx shed important 
      (albeit controversial) light on this evolutionary 
      phenomenon, but large morphological (and almost certainly 
      functional) gap between Archaeopteryx and modern avians 
      remain virtually empty until recently. Here we report a 
      new, exquisitely preserved, bird from the Lower Cretaceous 
      Konservat-Lagerstatte of Las Hoyas (Cuenca, Spain) which 
      provides evidence for the oldest known alula (bastard 
      wing). Crustacean remains found inside its belly also 
      provide the oldest direct evidence of feeding habits in 
      birds. The new specimen has numerous synapomorphies with 
      the Enantiornithes, but its unique sternal morphology, 
      along with other autopomorphies in the furcula and 
      vertebral centra, support the recognition of a new 
      enantiornithine taxon, Eoalulavis hoyasi. The combination 
      in Eoalulavis of a decisive aerodynamic feature, such as 
      the alula, with the basic structures of the modern flight 
      apparatus indicates that as early as 115 million years 
      ago, birds had evolved a sophisticated structural system 
      that enabled them to fly at low speeds and to attain high 
      manoeuvrability.
SO  - Nature 1996 AUG 1;382(6590):442-445

3
UI  - UY609
AU  - Li JL
AU  - Rubidge BS
AU  - Cheng ZW
TI  - A primitive anteosaurid dinocephalian from China - 
      Implications for the distribution of earliest therapsid 
      faunas.
LA  - English
RF  - Article
AD  - Li JL, Acad Sinica, Inst Vertebrate Palaeontol & 
      Palaeoanthropol, Beijing 100044, PEOPLES R CHINA
AB  - Dinocephalian mammal-like reptiles have in the past been 
      known only from Russia and South Africa. The recent 
      discovery of anteosaurid dinocephalians in China has 
      important implications for the biostratigraphic 
      distribution of these early therapsids and has furthermore 
      revealed additional autapomorphies of the Anteosauridae.
SO  - S Afr J Sci 1996 MAY;92(5):252-253

Graeme Worth
The Dinosaur Encyclopaedia