Scaldicetus is an extinct genus of toothed cetacean related to sperm whales. Although widely used for a number of extinct physeterids with primitive dental morphology consisting of enameled teeth, Scaldicetus as generally recognized appears to be a paraphyletic assemblage of primitive physeteroids.
The name Scaldicetus caretti was coined in 1867 for numerous physeteroid teeth collected in Neogene deposits near Antwerp, Belgium. Synonyms of Scaldicetus include Palaeodelphis, Homocetus, and Eucetus. The genus Physodon Gervais 1872 was previously considered a synonym, but it has been recently considered a nomen dubium.
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