When it comes to making introductions in a professional setting, a handshake is the most common way to greet someone – particularly in Western culture. But like many types of human non-verbal communication, the handshake is a custom that is rooted some surprisingly primal origins. There have been some several scientific studies that shed light on not only how to do it right, but some possible evolutionary purposes for it. Maybe it’s time to switch to the fist bump?

The following infographic from Factorialist takes a look at the primal handshake.

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The Primal Handshake

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